A few teams are still inactive in recent Kenyan Premier League (KPL) fixtures as a bulk of their key men are still out with the national team for the CECAFA Senior Challenge in Uganda. As such, only 6 matches were once again played in round 15 of Kenya’s top-flight division, and 19 goals scored.
This article focuses on the positive contributions that were made toward the goals being scored, and how the assists chart looks midway through the season.
Kisumu All Stars’ 2-0 loss to Bandari FC was the first clash of the round with Shaban Kenga latching on a loose clearance from the hosts to power in the first goal. The second, scored by Yema Mwana, was the result of a Kenga cross.
Wazito FC had taken the lead through Lloyd Wahome’s heading home of an Ali Hassan Abondo free-kick but Kenya Commercial Bank soon restored parity from the spot- Enock Agwanda driving home a penalty occasioned by a handball in the box. The bankers grabbed the win through Simon Abuko who was on the end of an Agwanda cross for 2-1.
To his seven goals, Agwanda now adds three assists.
The bulk of round 15 goals were shared between Kariobangi Sharks and Posta Rangers- with Sharks, sadly taking a point from this encounter having led 3-1 toward the end of the tie.
Sydney Lokale had driven home the opener from an Harrison Mwendwa pass but Francis Nambute- on the end of a George Bill Oporia flick, equalized.
In the second half, Mazembe struck a brace first set up by Julius Masaba and second by Patillah Omotto. Sharks were on their way to a win but Oporia pulled one back after making the most of an Eliud Lokuwam cross. The home side on the day were still winning 3-2 with seconds left to play when Nambute came back to draw level after another headed assist by George Bill Oporia.
Western Stima is a team on a roll and the youngster they roped in from Kisumu Day High School Benson Omalla is in fiery form. The powermen struck thrice when they visited Sudi Stadium to face Nzoia Sugar. Omalla, firing a first-half brace, was assisted by the Ugandan duo of Villa Oromcan and Joel Abaliwano. Villa would score Stima’s third after latching onto a loose ball resulting from an Abdallah Chamberi corner kick. Nzoia did pull one back, but only too late as Collin Wakhungu made the most of a Gaetan Masha one-two to make put some respect in the score-line.
The final goals of the round were scored when Kakamega Homeboyz visited the Afraha Stadium for a face-off with Ulinzi Stars. Four goals were evenly shared between the two.
Stephen Wakhanya had risen to head home a David Odhiambo Okoth free-kick but Enosh Ochieng restored parity after being nicely set-up by Daniel Waweru. Ulinzi took control of the tie after John Kago, making a spirited run courtesy of some brilliant release from Elvis Nandwa, fired in for 2-1. They could have won, but Peter Thiong’o returning two Afraha after a long time, dived to meet Noah Wafula’s lofted cross- and also see the tie end 2-2.
No goals were scored between Tusker FC and AFC Leopards SC.
David Okoth Odhiambo (Homeboyz) will join the duo of Kevin Kimani of Mathare United and Gor Mahia’s Kenneth Muguna on 5 assists each. Henry Onyango (Stima) stays at 4 assists.
Enock Agwanda (KCB), George Bill Oporia (Posta), Villa Oromcan (Stima), Elvis Nandwa (Ulinzi), Abdallah Chamberi (Stima) will join the 3- assists list which includes Robert Achema (Stima), Peter Thiong’o (Homeboyz), Luke Namanda (Tusker), David Majak (Tusker), 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).