Two matches of round five of the 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season were not played on the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th. While one was scheduled for Monday 7th, the other- SoNy Sugar at home to AFC Leopards just did not happen. As such, 15 goals were scored in the seven matches that were played, a general 5-goal drop from round 4.
Two scorers of the fifteen goals; Victor Ndinya and Luke Namanda were also very active in round four while three; David Majak, Boniface Omondi and Derrick Onyango were active on the assists chart in the previous week.
Starting off Week 5 is a bland 0-0 draw out in Mumias where Western Stima FC had been forced to take their home match as the Moi Stadium in Kisumu had been booked for an event by the County government. Ulinzi Stars matched the Powermen.
Next comes Kariobangi Sharks’ first win of the season out in Chemelil, a 2-0 dispatching of the sugar millers who now have raked in a massive ten goals in three matches. Duke Abuya and Patillah Omotto were on target for the Nairobi side.
The most entertaining clash of the round happened at Mathare United versus Wazito FC, and it is the only other match to produce four goals other than the Sunday duel between Kakamega Homeboyz and Tusker. United had taken the lead through a Bernard Ochieng’s unfortunate deflection into his own net. Victor Ndinya restored parity for Wazito before the break. Kevin Kimani then helped reclaim the lead in what could very well be the goal of the week but Wazito, believing they could grab something off the tie, fought back through Mathare’s own former striker Derrick Onyango.
Nzoia Sugar had fought well to keep Kenya Commercial Bank at bay in the regular ninety minutes of their Saturday clash but Martin Zizzou Nderitu struck at the death to hand the Bankers their third win of the season. It is a win that also sends Zedekiah Otieno’s men to second on the KPL log.
Sunday had three matches played. Champions Gor Mahia out in Afraha against Zoo FC and winning by one goal to nothing. Boniface Omondi was the name on the score-sheet for Gor who stay at the top of the log despite playing a match less than everyone else other than bottom place Chemelil Sugar.
Sofapaka at home to continental reps Bandari FC was the only match televised live by the league manager for round 5. Peter Lwassa sent the hosts 1-0 up within the opening ten minutes. This would be, however, canceled by William Wadri for 1-1. Bandari will feel undone by Wycliffe Ochomo’s goal that could have sent them 2-1 up- and maybe aid a win, but having been ruled out for a handball, Sofapaka went forward and got one of their own. They are the ones who now lead, and won, 2-1 courtesy of a Brian Nyakan.
At a rain-soaked Bukhungu stadium, Tusker FC did a routine win over hosts Kakamega Homeboyz. The venue, a place that has always been kind to The Brewers whenever they travel, produced four goals.
Coach Robert Matano took three former Homeboyz players to their old employers and all of them did a huge part of the damage. Luke Namanda struck the opener for Tusker, but David Odhiambo evened out the scores before half time. In the second half, David Majak came off the bench to reclaim the lead and when Humphrey Mieno was introduced later on, the match further slipped away from the hosts as he dictated play- setting up the last goal, scored by George Odhiambo.
Post-script– Posta Rangers won 3-0 over Kisumu All Stars in their Monday clash. Goals came from William Odero, Joseph Mbugi and Elvis Osok. This effectively takes Round 5 goal tally to 18 as opposed to 15 mentioned earlier.
The overall goal-scoring chart has Namanda tied with Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna, Kakamega Homeboyz skipper Allan Wanga, Elli Asieche of Sofapaka and John Mark Makwatta at three goals for the season.