We again shine the limelight on assist providers for Week 4 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) where 20 goals were scored across seven matches, and along the way, hopefully, get to acquaint ourselves with the silent workers in each of the 18 KPL teams.
Only two of the four goals at Tusker-Sofapaka were assisted, with Michael Madoya’s opener the result of Rodgers Aloro’s freekick that danced off the woodwork. David Majak did a lot of work on the left flank to finally set up Luke Namanda’s goal- Tusker’s third of the tie. The other two goals were Hillary Wandera’s perfect positioning for a rebound off goalkeeper Ismail Watenga, and Elli Asieche’s late penalty which was occasioned by a handball.
Kisumu All Stars lost 2-1 to Western Stima but will be glad to have scored their first goal in the top flight. Michael Owino’s header came off a Jeconiah Ogendo cross, but this was only to cancel Hassan Kikoyo’s early opener that had been set up by Joseph Mukisa. The third goal of the tie, and the winner for Stima, was some brilliant individual run by Vitalis Akumu that was aided in its later stages by Henry Onyango’s final pass to the defender who fired home for 2-1.
Kariobangi Sharks and Mathare United played out a barren draw.
For Sunday 29th’s clashes, four goals were scored at Afraha Stadium as Ulinzi Stars came from behind to win 3-1 over SoNy Sugar. John Mwita’s opener- assisted by Yusuf Mohammed, was canceled out by Daniel Waweru’s freekick. Former SoNy youngster Moses Mwangi then made the most of a Daniel Waweru pass to send his side into the lead. In the closing stages, current golden boot holder Enosh Ochieng compounded to SoNy’s woes with a third- helped to this by Oscar Wamalwa.
Allan Wanga and Peter Thion’go seem to be a match made in heaven- at least in this early stages of the season. Despite going down to Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) over the weekend, the duo combined for yet another goal, Wanga on the end of a Thion’go set-up. KCB however, rallied back through Dennis Odhiambo’s free-kick- leveler, and Kennedy Owino’s winner courtesy of a Brian Ochieng assist.
Wazito got their first win of the season out in Kericho at the expense of hosts Zoo FC. Ndinya Victor opened the scores for the moneybags after being set up in the box by Derrick Onyango. Elvis Rupia’s second goal of the season- and Wazito’s second on the day, was Michael Oduor’s doing.
The most of Sunday’s goals- and the weekend, as a matter of fact, happened in Mumias when AFC Leopards hosted Chemelil Sugar FC. A 4-0 wallop was Chemelil’s sour portion of the day. This included goals from Soter Kayumba, an opener assisted by Eugene Mukangula and Tresor Ndikumana’s stoppage-time goal having been on the end of a Boniface Mukhekhe pass.
Mukhekhe again was on the sugar millers’ case after nicely setting up John Makwatta’s goal- one that from this point of receiving Mukhekhe’s pass was the result of the Kenyan International’s individual brilliance. Makwatta’s second goal came almost in the same fashion but this time, he did it all by himself.