We have 15 goals shared between the 12 teams that were active in the Kenyan Premier League’s (KPL) round 14. Only four teams chose not to be involved in goals this week with AFC Leopards and Kenya Commercial Bank- in fact, opting for a barren draw. Bandari and Wazito FC were the other two to not score and lost their respective matches.
The highlight of the round will be a hat-trick scored in Kisumu. Benson Omalla Ochieng, a form three student at Kisumu Day High School, netted three times as Western Stima soundly brought down Zoo FC by four goals to one. We will, however, begin the round by looking at Kisumu All Stars’ visit to Sofapaka.
The scores stood at 1-1 by half time- Elli Asieche’s penalty being canceled out by Wesley Kemboi’s identical 6-yard effort. Kepha Aswani would rise to direct home a 70th-minute corner kick for the winner. This was a Tuesday 10th fixture.
Then came Wednesday and Zoo traveled to Kisumu. Benson Omalla struck twice in the first half for a comfortable 2-0 lead at the break for Western Stima. Three minutes after the resumption, he completed his hat-trick. Zoo would pull one back through Dennis Ongeri but Stima- having a fantastic season so far, regained their three-goal cushion when Salim Hamisi, second game in a row, drove home a free-kick.
While still on the issue of players scoring in successive matches, Bandari’s visit to the Bukhungu Stadium would be sealed by another such player. Christopher Masinza had given Kakamega Homeboyz the full set of three points in their previous league match- a 2-1 win away to Nzoia Sugar, and was the name on the score-sheet for Homeboyz when they edged out Bandari by a goal to nil.
Chemelil Sugar FC had hosted Ulinzi Stars at the Muhoroni Complex in another Wednesday clash. As always, they got a goal- and your guess is right. It is still David Simiyu trying to give the cash strapped sugar milling side some hope.
Chemelil lost 4-1, with Enosh Ochieng striking twice for the soldiers and John Kago, Ezekiel Okare settling for one apiece.
The final clash of Wednesday happened in Machakos. Wazito playing hosts to Tusker FC and losing because of Eric Ambunya’s 73rd-minute goal.
AFC Leopards, calling Afraha home on Thursday, failed to get a goal past Kenya Commercial Bank and the two went home satisfied with a point from the barren draw.
After round 14 matches, there is little movement at the top of the goal scorers’ charts. Elli Asieche joins the 5-goal team of Luke Namanda (Tusker), Peter Thiong’o (Homeboyz), John Mark Makwatta (Leopards) and Elvis Rupia (Wazito).
David Simiyu, Enosh Ochieng and Benson Omalla climb to the group that has 4 goals. These are Derrick Anami (Zoo), Allan Wanga (Homeboyz), Francis Afriyie (Gor), Collins Wakhungu (Nzoia) and Nyakan Brian (Sofa).
Timothy Otieno, meanwhile, still remains top with seven goals despite being out on national duty at the CECAFA Senior Challenge in Uganda while Enock Agwanda stays second on 6 goals.