Just seven matches in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) round seven produced 14 goals- a one goal drop from round six but with four teams inactive. Gor Mahia and Bandari Football Clubs were out on continental duty and their would-be opponents- Western Stima and Mathare United, also sat out the weekend’s fixtures.
Round 7 began at the Awendo Green Stadium, with eyes on hosts SoNy Sugar FC as to whether they would finally play a match. The sugar millers had failed to honor their previous two matches. SoNy started well against Kisumu All Stars, and raced 1-0 up within five minutes through John Mwita. The visitors- also not faring well on the log- rallied to tie the scores from the spot through Gerrishom Arabe who now scores in his second successive match. It ended even at 1-1.
Out in Chemelil, the home side welcomed a high-flying Kakamega Homeboyz FC and were 1-0 down in the first half through a Shami Kibwana strike. Godfrey Simiyu then drew them back level for 1-1 but the visitors grabbed it all courtesy of winger David Okoth Odhiambo.
Ulinzi Stars hosting Tusker FC in Nakuru was Saturday’s most epic clash and should have served more goals- it did not, just one, but a goal worthy of all the plaudits. Daniel Waweru struck from over 35 yards to breach the Brewers’ defense and score the match’s only goal.
Leonard Kasembeli had scored a brilliant solo goal to hand Nzoia Sugar FC a lead against visiting Kariobangi Sharks in Sudi Stadium. Complacency at the back, however, allowed Sharks to bite back with Duke Abuya leveling the scores. This one ended even at 1-1.
The final clash of Saturday was played at the Machakos County Stadium- Kenya Commercial Bank hosting Zoo FC from Kericho. Enock Agwanda drew first blood, and Jeffrey Gichana’s free-kick evened it out for 1-1. Ian Mutanda was then left to hand KCB the victory with the third goal of the match.
Two matches were played on Sunday- Wazito traveling to Posta Rangers, and neither of them scoring a goal. The first of a doubleheader at the Narok County Stadium, the clash was followed by Sofapaka hosting AFC Leopards.
It was a John Mark Makwatta in the opening 45- a brace from the Kenyan International. Ronald Okoth’s goal late on in the tie, therefore, only proved to be a little too late as Leopards ran out 2-1 winners.
The end of round 7 of the KPL has Makwatta firmly placed at the helm with 5 goals. Collins Wakhungu (Nzoia Sugar), Allan Wanga (KK Homeboyz) and Elli Asieche (Sofapaka) stay on four goals.
[Featured Image Courtesy- AFC Leopards SC]