KPL Goals: Wamalwa’s steady rise highlights week 10 as Otieno abandons the leading pack

Ten rounds of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) have now been played, with the latest occupying the midweek of Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 November after the international break.

Two of the nine matches did not kick off but this still did not bar the other seven from recording over twenty goals.

22 attempts found the back of the net in the round, with the most goals scored when Kariobangi Sharks hosted Ulinzi Stars at Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani. The only brace of the round came from the six goals scored there.

Kicking off the round, was Kisumu All Stars’s shock 2-0 win over Wazito FC on Wednesday. While Gerrishom Arabe struck from the penalty spot after a handball in the box, Eric Otieno would score- perhaps the best goal of the round, directly from a corner kick. Arabe takes his season’s tally to three and is All Stars’ leading scorer.

Brian Nyakan was the difference for Sofapaka when they dismissed a previously undefeated Mathare United at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani. He takes his goal tally to four and is a joint leading scorer for Sofapaka alongside Elly Asieche.

Nzoia Sugar were felled by Posta Rangers at their own turf out in Sudi, Nambute Francis and Marcellus Ingotsi the two names on the score-sheet for the high-flying mailmen. While Nambute goes to three for the season, Ingotsi was just opening his account for the 2019/20 season.

Kenya Commercial Bank up against Chemelil Sugar and Zoo FC hosting SoNy Sugar did not each go down as planned and walkovers were issued.

Then came Thursday, and we go straight to the six goals shared between Kariobangi Sharks and Ulinzi Stars. The home side, Sharks had gone one up through Sydney Lokale but Elvis Nandwa restored parity for the soldiers.

Elvis Nandwa (R) is congratulated by his teammates after netting the equalizer [IMAGE- Dan Ngulu]

Oscar Wamalwa then struck twice before half time for a comfortable 3-1 lead. Seeking a way back into the tie, Sharks rallied back through Eric Kapaito but were further undone by a late Harun Mwale goal coming in injury time.

Tusker battled Western Stima to a 2-2 draw at the Ruaraka Grounds, and had to come from behind twice in order to claim the one point. After a barren first half, Abdallah Chamberi struck the opener, and Timothy Otieno responded two minutes later.

Chamberi in a past action fro Stima [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

Henry Onyango then restored Stima’s lead- two minutes after it had been leveled and when it seemed the Powermen from Kisumu would head home with three points, up showed Humphrey Mieno with another equalizer.

Timothy now takes the overall leading role in the scorers’ chart with 6 goals.

Down at the Coast, Bandari hosting AFC Leopards- a fixture that has always produced goals, lived up to its expectations with four goals in just the first half.

Jeffary Owiti opened the scoring for the visitors in the 6th minute, and this was canceled by Yema Mwana four minutes later. Oburu Vincent reclaimed Leopards’ lead in the 14th minute, but Bandari- not having the best of seasons so far, responded through Cliff Kasuti briefly before half time. No one got the winner from here.

We wind up the round with Kakamega Homeboyz’s visit to Kisumu where Gor Mahia played hosts.

A 3-0 dismissal of Homeboyz, the 4 pm fixture did produce some spectacular football. Charles Momanyi struck the hearts of his former employers when he netted the first goal at the stroke of half time.

Kenneth Muguna forced an own goal out of the Homeboyz defense [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

In the second half, Francis Afriyie would take his goal tally to three for the season when he wandered free on Gor’s attacking left. The third goal, and an unfortunate one for the visitors, was a Kenneth Muguna shot headed for goal but was deflected into Homeboyz’s net by George Odiwour in a bid to blear it out of danger.

After ten rounds, Timothy Otieno (Tusker) will not share the leading scorer’s seat and now occupies the summit on six goals. John Mark Makwatta (Leopards) and Elvis Rupia (Wazito) follow close on five. The four goals group has Allan Wanga (Homeboyz), Elli Asieche (Sofapaka), Brian Nyakan (Sofapaka) and Collins Wakhungu (Nzoia).

Oscar Wamalwa, who jumps from position 92 to 7, and Nyakan – position 17 to 3, are our biggest risers in the scorers’ log.