We continue with the numbers from the Kenyan Premier League’s round 13, and look at the players actively involved in their teams’ goals over the weekend. There were two braces of assists from the five matches played across Friday 6th to Sunday 8th. The highest-scoring match, however, did not produce as much of second party involvement as most times, Posta Rangers shot themselves in the foot to allow Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) to outpace them.
We begin with Kariobangi Sharks’ 1-3 fall to Tusker FC. James Mazembe had done well to set up Kevin-Tom Machika for the opener but Tusker responded with three goals- the first, a George Odhiambo equalizer coming off Luke Namanda’s cross. Namanda himself sent the brewers into the lead after David Majak’s header bounced off his chest for 2-1. Having a field day, the former Nzoia Sugar and Kakamega Homeboyz forward would complete his brace and with help from Eric Zakayo.
Five goals were shared between Bandari FC and visiting Wazito at the coast, the hosts- of course, grabbing the most. Shaban Kenga headed home Cliff Kasuti’s header for 1-0, then David Otieno tucked into his own net a Kasuti cross for 2. Wazito did pull one back after Derrick Otanga had forced Siraj Mohammed into firing into his own net.
In the second half though, the dockers regained their momentum, with Kenga getting his brace after being nicely released by Collins Agade. The final nail on the visitors’ coffin was driven by Yema Mwana- with the bulk of the work being done by Benjamin Mosha.
Out in Sudi, Robert Abonga had done well to fire Nzoia Sugar into the lead after latching onto a Denis Wanjala set-piece that was never adequately dealt with by Kakamega Homeboyz. The visitors came back into the tie through Shami Mwinyi’s ferocious effort after a David Okoth pass. The best was saved for last when Christopher Masinza gave the visitors all the three points for being on the right end of a Peter Thiong’o pass.
Three goals were shared between hosts Chemelil Sugar- who have moved their home matches to the Muhoroni Stadium- and Western Stima, but they lost.
Despite Collins Wanga’s opener, after latching onto a David Simiyu headed flick, the home side lost the tie to Stima when Baron Oketch- having been found by a Henry Onyango pass, equalized. Salim Hamisi then fired in the winner from a free-kick
The six goals scored between Kenya Commercial Bank and Posta Rangers looked to have so much promise but sadly, only two of them go down as having directly been positively assisted. Brian Osumba’s opener was because he was in the way of a poorly taken goal-kick and fired right back at the empty goal. Rangers led.
KCB rallied back through Enock Agwanda who equalized after being set up by Michael Mutinda. Agwanda would then strike two penalties in quick succession for a 3-1 lead, both occasioned by handballs.
Late in the game, Samuel Mwangi stretched the bankers’ lead after a counter-attack had Kennedy Owino set him up to fire into an empty net. Dennis Odhiambo’s goal- KCB’s 5th, was a free-kick, well taken and earning a slight deflection to find home at the back of the net.
After round 13, Kevin Kimani of Mathare United and Gor Mahia’s Kenneth Muguna stay firmly on top of the assists chart with 5 each. Henry Onyango (Stima) has moved to 4. Peter Thiong’o (Homeboyz), Luke Namanda (Tusker), Ahmed Ali Bhai (Homeboyz) and David Majak (Tusker) will join the group that has 3 assists. These are Whyvonne Isuza (Leopards), Robert Arot (Nzoia), Michael Oduor (Zoo), Allan Wanga (Homeboyz), Elli Asieche (Sofapaka), Wellington Ochieng (Gor), Rodgers Aloro (Tusker), Hillary Wandera (Tusker), Marcellus Ingotsi (Posta) and George Maelo (Sofapaka).