We already looked at the 15 goals scored in round 6 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and perhaps we should have another dive into them and see from whence they came. Assist providers play a pivotal role in team success- often times going unnoticed but not here, we will name all of them.
We begin with Mathare United’s 2-1 over Kisumu All Stars in Kisumu, and the hosts- getting the opener through Gerrishom Arabe’s industrious run from the left flank, will have center-back Patrick Ochieng to thank for the long ball lunged at Arabe. Mathare rallied to even out the scores through Kevin Kimani who had been set up by Clifford Alwanga. The two would again combine for their team’s second, this time, Alwanga the scorer and Kimani the setter.
Wazito hosting Kakamega Homeboyz produced 6 goals. Kennedy Onyango’s opener was from a Ahmed Ali Bai freekick and Peter Thiong’o’s brace that followed, came from initial work by Christopher Masinza and Stephen Etyang.
Omurwa Johnstone pulled one back for Wazito- a piledriver from way out after being released by Bernard Oginga, but Homeboyz came back and got a fourth through Allan Wanga- well-positioned for a George Odiwour long ball. Omurwa had the last say of the game when he scored his second, an unfortunate lose ball that had bounced off defender Collins Odhiambo after a Musa Masika cross into the box.
In Sudi, Sofapaka had grabbed a lead through Elli Asieche- rising highest to head home from a George Maelo cross. Collins Wakhungu however, had other ideas and struck twice in the second half for a 2-1 win for Nzoia Sugar. His goals had been aided by left-back Thomas Wainaina and Awitta Batts.
AFC Leopards’ 1-1 draw with Western Stima in Machakos was because Stima could not hold onto their 1-0 lead, one they had been fired into by Baron Oketch after some neat through ball by Abdalla Chamberi. Ingwe leveled late in the game when Tresor Ndikumana reacted fastest to a rebound from goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo. The Stima keeper could not completely keep out John Mark Makwatta’s initial free kick.
Tusker over SoNy and Bandari over Chemelil Sugar were all walkovers.
Ulinzi Stars hosting Kenya Commercial Bank ended without a goal. the same happened in Kericho when neither Zoo nor Posta rangers could get a goal.
Now only one match remained, and it would be played on Sunday. A fixture that has always promised goals, Kariobangi Sharks hosting Gor Mahia at the Afraha stadium went goalless up to the 90th minute. Two substitutes kept the goal-scoring tradition going and saw the tie end 1-0 in favor of Champions Gor. Francis Afriyie was perfectly positioned to decide the tie after Kennedy Otieno’s thunderbolt from outside the box had bounced off the upright.
There is no significant change at the summit of the assist providers chart as Gor Mahia’s Wellington Ochieng stays put on three. Kevin Kimani joins the club of two which includes Martin Oduor of Wazito, Rodgers Aloro and Luke Namanda of Tusker.