KPL Goals: Rupia reclaims hat-trick as Thiong’o ascends in highest-scoring week

12 rounds of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) have now been played, and it is the 12th that brings forth the highest number of goals scored. A massive 27 goals were scored between Friday 29th November and Sunday 1st December, the biggest chunk of them coming from Chemelil Sugar’s visit to Wazito and Kariobangi Sharks’ face-off against Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).

We begin the round with Friday’s only clash- Kakamega Homeboyz’s stellar away victory over Mathare United. Youngster Peter Thion’go struck twice for the visitors and when John Mwangi pulled one back, David Okoth Odhiambo came back for Homeboyz’s third as the tie ended in a 3-1 win for the boys from Kakamega.

Thion’go goes to five goals for the season [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

On Saturday, Gor Mahia could not find their way past Ulinzi Stars and were held to a barren draw. This, however, was not the case when Kariobangi Sharks entertained KCB in Nairobi. It is a tie that produced 7 goals.

Sharks, hosts on the day, shared four goals in the first half with KCB. Duke Abuya and Julius Masaba had done well to even out Simon Abuko and Reagan Okwiri’s strikes for a 2-2 half time score. In the second half, goals from Enock Agwanda, Samuel Mwangi and Reagan Okwiri saw KCB stretch the score-line to 5-2. It ended this way.

Saturday saw AFC Leopards take their hunt for three points to the Mumias Sports Complex but it was Nzoia Sugar that nearly went home with the full set. Twice, the hosts on the day led and twice, Leopards drew level.

Thomas Wainaina sent Nzoia 1-0 up, and this was evened out by Boniface Mukhekhe. Briefly, before the break, Abraham Kogei reclaimed Nzoia’s lead. Holding onto this was even tougher as the visitors came pounding on the hosts’ doors, the equalizer coming from Austine Odhiambo. Spoils were shared.

Elvis Rupia was the casualty of SoNy Sugar’s dismissal from the league when he had his hat-trick against the sugar millers struck off the roster. He has reclaimed it.

Rupia celebrates scoring against Chemelil Sugar [IMAGE- Kelly Ayodi]

Rupia fired three past Chemelil Sugar on Saturday as they hammered the beleaguered side 6-0. In the match, Derrick Otanga also reclaimed his lone goal that had been struck off against SoNy as Victor Ndinya and Piston Mutamba also claimed one apiece.

Sunday

Kisumu All Stars’ visit to Kericho to play Zoo FC had the boys from the Lakeside hammered 3-0. Derrick Anami opened the scoring proceedings and Sammy Ggolola stretched it to 2-0. Collins Neto, silent over the past few weeks, struck the third.

Humphrey Mieno was the difference between Bandari and Tusker at the Ruaraka grounds, a tie that stretched the Dockers‘ win-less run to five in the league.

The final clash of Sunday was Sofapaka’s travel to Kisumu- keen to upset the side that is yet to lose a home match. Sammy Imbuye had sent the visitors into the lead but a stoppage-time penalty saw goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo summoned from the other end to come equalize for Western Stima. He, as always, struck it well, and now goes to three goals for the season.

After 12 rounds, Tusker’s Timothy Otieno maintains top spot on 7 goals despite not scoring in the round. Coming up to put pressure on him is Peter Thiong’o (Homeboyz) who joins the 5-goal group that includes John Mark Makwatta (Leopards) and Elvis Rupia (Wazito). The lot having four goals include Derrick Anami (Zoo), Allan Wanga (Homeboyz), Francis Afriyie (Gor), Elli Asieche (Sofa), Collins Wakhungu (Nzoia) and Nyakan Brian (Sofa).