Contributions: Assist providers for Week 3 of the Kenyan Premier League

A total of 21 goals were scored in round three of the 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season but only 11 were directly assisted. A week that also had the first own goals recorded, some were scored from sheer individual brilliance of the goal scorers whereas others- from jaw-dropping defensive lapses.

Saturday’s three matches produced six goals, and of the three at Mathare United-Ulinzi Stars match, only one had a direct aid. Kelvin Kimani set up Clifford Alwanga for United’s late winner. The opener in the match had been a George Omondi own goal followed by a free-kick from Daniel Waweru.

Nzoia dispatched Kisumu All Stars in Kisumu- winning 2-0, with Kasembeli Leonard getting it right from a Robert Arot cross. Ugandan import Boris Kwezi then set up Collins Wakhungu for the second goal. At Wazito-Leopards tie, a penalty as a result of a challenge in the box was all that decided the game.

Kelvin Wesonga makes a traditional run down his flank in this past photo. He assisted Villa Oromcan’s goal against Rangers [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

A huge chunk of round three goals come on Sunday, and starting us off is Western Stima’s 1-0 win over Posta Rangers FC. Despite staying on the ropes for the better part of the opening exchanges, Stima struck at the half-hour mark with a split second counter-attack that had 2019 runner up in the defender of the year category Kelvin Wesonga drop a cross for Villa Oromcan’s finish.

Out in Kakamega, David Okoth’s corner kick was well met by Kennedy Onyango for a lead against Kariobangi Sharks. Allan Wanga then rose highest to head in a Festus Okiring free-kick for 2-0 and would later step up for a penalty after a handball in the Sharks area.

David Okoth heads to whip in a corner kick in a past match [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

Sofapaka’s 4-0 rout of Chemelil Sugar should have proved the most contributions for round three but unfortunately, it serves only one. A goalkeeping lapse gifted Timona Wanyonyi the opener and a handball in the box ensured Elli Asieche struck for 2-0. In the second half, Brian Nyakan came off the bench to notch the second in almost the same fashion as Wanyonyi but his second goal was as a result of an accurately delivered ball by full-back George Maelo.

Zoo FC- hosts to Tusker in Kericho, had gotten themselves a lead through a Rodgers Aloro own goal but were caught pants down when Timothy Otieno latched onto a loose back pass to level the scores. In stoppage time, former Nzoia Sugar and Kakamega Homeboyz winger Luke Namanda made the most of an Eric Ambunya diagonal cross to fire the winner.

Awendo Gree Stadium is home to SoNy Sugar yet they stay without a point from the venue after two matches. The latest loss at home is served by Bandari FC who did the business early in their clash through a Darius Msagha header. The ball had been whipped in by Meja Nicholas.

The round’s final clash pitted Kenya Commercial Bank visiting champions Gor Mahia FC in Machakos. New signing Francis Afriyie opened his account for Steven Pollak’s men with a point-blank range shot from a Wellington Ochieng cross from wide right. Following this one goal lead was Lawrence Juma’s drive from the edge of the box after the bankers had failed to exhaustively deal with a set-play. Before half time though, KCB pulled one back from the spot- Enock Agwanda the scorer and Stephen Waruru the victim of a challenge in the box.

After Week Three, Gor Mahia’s Wellington Ochieng leads with three assists and is followed by Robert Arot of Nzoia Sugar FC on two.