There were only five Kenyan Premier League (KPL) matches played across the weekend of Friday 6th to Sunday 8th- but still, these five produced over twenty goals in a week that saw both AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia out of action.
A massive 21 goals were scored in the round- meant to be this season’s 13th, and Enock Agwanda- playing in Sunday’s only clash, made the biggest headline as regards goals. He fired three past Posta Rangers.
We begin with Friday’s two matches; Kariobangi Sharks at home to Tusker FC and Wazito’s visit to Bandari FC.
Sharks, as they have always done- went 1-0 up against Tusker through Kevin-Tom Machika but the brewers rallied to hit back through George Odhiambo. Two more would come Tusker’s way with Luke Namanda firing a brace to fully dismiss any attempt at a comeback by Sharks.
Namanda- who has been inactive in the charts lately, goes to five goals for the season- two behind his team’s leading scorer Timothy Otieno.
Down at the Coast, a Shaban Kenga opener and an unfortunate own goal from David Otieno had given hosts Bandari a 2-0 lead against Wazito. Siraj Mohammed fired into his own net before half time giving the visitors some lifeline. In the second stanza, however, Kenga came for his second and Yema Mwana compounded to the Wazito’s woes as he struck the fourth.
On Saturday, Coach Nicholas Muyoti led his Kakamega Homeboyz side back to his former stomping ground- the Sudi Stadium, and duly dispatched his old employers. Robert Abonga gave the home side a deserved lead but this was cut back by Shami Mwinyi in the second half. Christopher Masinza would rise off the bench to strike the winner for the visitors and send Muyoti’s men to 3rd on the log.
Chemelil Sugar had done well to find a lead against Western Stima when the two faced off at the Muhoroni Stadium. Collins Wanga, starting in the midfield for the sugar millers- had broken the deadlock with a goal that was meant to give the hosts their first win of the season. Stima however, having a stellar season so far, did cut back any mischief from Chemelil and fired back through Baron Oketch.
Salim Hamisi, skippering the side in the absence of goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo (on duty for Harambe Stars in the CECAFA Senior Challenge), drove home a free-kick to make it 2-1. Chemelil will wait for their first win.
Then comes Sunday’s only clash- a defensively astute Posta Rangers side up against a free-firing Kenya Commercial Bank. With five goals scored in their last outing, even the absence of head coach Zedekiah Otieno didn’t deter the bankers from dismantling Rangers’ backline. Rangers had drawn first blood.
Brian Osumba was lucky to be in the way of a poorly taken goal kick and fired back at KCB for the opener. Enock Agwanda canceled the lead for a 1-1 half time score.
In the second half, Agwanda struck from the penalty spot twice and in the further closing stages, midfielder Samuel Mwangi stretched the lead to 4-1 before Dennis Odhiambo, from the edge of the box, guided a free-kick for 5-1.
After the five matches played on round 13, it is Agwanda who makes the biggest jump to 6 goals- just one behind Timothy Otieno who is out on national duty at the CECAFA Senior Challenge in Uganda. Luke Namanda joins Peter Thiong’o (Homeboyz), John Mark Makwatta (Leopards) and Elvis Rupia (Wazito) who are all on 5.
The lot having 4 goals include Derrick Anami (Zoo), Allan Wanga (Homeboyz), Francis Afriyie (Gor), Elli Asieche (Sofa), Collins Wakhungu (Nzoia) and Nyakan Brian (Sofa).