14 of the 15 goals scored in round 11 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) will go down as directly have been assisted with just one- Francis Afriyie’s stunner out in Mombasa, deemed one born of individual brilliance.
Starting us off is the round’s highest-scoring match, Mathare United’s visit to Chemelil Sugar FC, a match played at the Muhoroni Stadium. Kevin Kimani– previously on three assists for the season, now hits five after contributing towards Crispin Oduor and Daniel Okoth’s goals. Okoth himself assisted James Kinyanjui’s goal while Clifford Alwanga’s goal was the initial work of Crispin Oduor.
Chemelil Sugar did grab a late goal from David Simiyu who arrived well to tap home a Phillip Mwangale cross.
While Tusker skipper Timothy Otieno ascended higher on the scorers’ chart with a lone strike against Posta Rangers- he will have David Majak to thank for picking him out with a pinpoint cross.
Gor Mahia ran out 2-0 winners out at the Coast- Samuel Onyango breaking the deadlock at the end of half time with some decent picking out by Yikpe Gnamien. The second goal, coming from Afriyie, was a loose ball from Bandari’s defensive half and the rest- neatly put away by the Ghanaian.
Batoto Ba Mungu Comeback
Sofapaka had to come back from 1-0 down after Norman Werunga’s free-kick had bounced off the wall but was well met by Ondati Kepha for the opener. Sammy Imbuye drew Sofa back level from a George Maelo cross while Kepha Aswani met Titus Achesa’s cross to make it 2-1.
Abraham Kogei’s ball into the Ulinzi Stars area found the soldiers’ lines flatfooted and this was met by Felicien Okanda who tucked it home for Nzoia Sugar’s 1-0 lead. The home side would, however, rally back and equalize with a belter from John Njuguna after being released by Harun Mwale.
In Machakos, Vincent Oburu continued to repay the faith had in him with an assist for the match’s only goal- one struck by Whyvonne Isuza when Kisumu All Stars came calling.
The final contribution of the round comes in Kisumu- Kenya Commercial Bank FC’s visit to the Lakeside City to face Western Stima. It was deadlocked for a better part of the game up until an Oromchan Villa flicked header set Benson Omalla on a one versus one with the goalkeeper.
With round 11 done, the most notable riser on the assists chart will be Kevin Kimani who joins Gor Mahia’s Kenneth Muguna at 5 for the season. From here follows the lot that has three which include; Allan Wanga (Homeboyz), Elli Asieche (Sofapaka), Wellington Ochieng (Gor), Rodgers Aloro (Tusker), Hillary Wandera (Tusker), Marcellus Ingotsi (Posta) and George Maelo (Sofapaka).