The highest-scoring round of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) also has the highest amount of contributions as regards assists in the week that started on Friday 29th November and ended on Sunday 1st December.
We begin with Friday’s clash that had four goals shared unevenly by Mathare United and Kakamega Homeboyz. Homeboyz, winning 3-1, had Moses Mudavadi on the assists board twice as he aided Peter Thiong’o and David Okoth’s goals. Stephen Etyang had meanwhile been responsible fro Thiong’o’s opener in the match. Mathare’s lone goal, struck by John Mwangi, was the work of Martin Ongori’s cross.
Next comes the seven goals shared by Kariobangi Sharks and Kenya Commercial Bank. Tied at 2-2 by half time, Duke Abuya and Julius Masaba for Sharks had been set up by Eric Juma and Sven Yidah respectively while Simon Abuko had been guided through on goal by Samuel Mwangi. Reagan Okwiri’s second goal for the bankers was because John Kuol couldn’t stay on his feet in the muddy Kasarani surface on Saturday.
In the second half, KCB scored three, Enock Agwanda guided by Dennis Odhiambo, Samuel Mwangi aided by Enock Agwanda and Reagan Okwiri for his brace assisted by Agwanda.
Four goals were scored when AFC Leopards visited Mumias for a clash against Nzoia Sugar. They had to come from behind twice to manage the lone point. Thomas Wainaina’s opener came off a Robert Arot cross while Mukhekhe Boniface’s equalizer was because the initial Whyvonne Isuza shot was not properly dealt with by the Nzoia defense. Next up was Abraham Kogei reclaiming Nzoia’s lead after Felicien Okanda’s brilliant run wide on the left. Drawing level once more, Leopards had Austine Odhiambo to thank for firing home out of nothing as Nzoia once again refused to clear their lines sufficiently.
The biggest win of the round came from Wazito’s 6-0 rampage against Chemelil Sugar. Two of Elvis Rupia’s goals were the initial works of Derrick Otanga and Paul Acquah– the first had been a penalty occasioned by a handball in the box. The other three goals were scored by Otanga- assisted by Ali Hassan Abondo, Victor Ndinya- assisted by Rupia while Piston Mutamba had Joe Waithira to thank for his first of the season.
A brace of assists was recorded when Kisumu All Stars traveled to Kericho- Zoo, hosts, won 3-0 with Michael ‘Kroko’ Oduor appearing twice on the assists board. He had been responsible for Derrick Anami and Sammy Ggolola’s goals. The third, scored by Neto Collins, was just Anami Derrick completing his good day in the office.
Humphrey Mieno was the difference between Tusker and Bandari FC at Ruaraka and the lanky midfielder latched onto Timothy Otieno’s header to drive home the difference.
We wind up with Sofapaka’s visit to Kisumu where they faced a side undefeated at home- the Moi Stadium. Sofa went into the lead through Sammy Imbuye from some good work by Brian Nyakan. Late in the game, however, with just seconds to play, a challenge on Henry Onyango in the box resulted in a penalty kick which goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo happily drove home for his third goal for the season.
After round 12, Kevin Kimani of Mathare United and Gor Mahia’s Kenneth Muguna stay firmly on top of the assists chart with 5 each. No one has four yet but Henry Onyango (Stima), Whyvonne Isuza (Leopards), Robert Arot (Nzoia), Michael Oduor (Zoo) join the group that has three. These are Allan Wanga (Homeboyz), Elli Asieche (Sofapaka), Wellington Ochieng (Gor), Rodgers Aloro (Tusker), Hillary Wandera (Tusker), Marcellus Ingotsi (Posta) and George Maelo (Sofapaka).