KPL Goals and Contributions: A 2019 Review

A total of 293 goals were scored in the opening 15 rounds of the 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season, this excludes the goals in which SoNy Sugar FC- currently expelled from the division, were involved in. Prior to their week 10 expulsion from the league, the sugar millers had been involved in 25 goals.

We look at the goals scored before the close of 2019.

There have been 214 different goal scorers in the league- strikers obviously taking the lead. 16 defenders, however, find themselves here too and Kakamega Homeboyz’s Kennedy Onyango- at 3 goals, is the highest-scoring back player. His exploits in 2019 have been matched by Western Stima goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo whose three goals for the season stick out amongst the strikers struggling to leave the 2-goal mark.

As you might have guessed, Odhiambo takes Stima penalties.

Elli Asieche of Sofapaka and Gor Mahia’s Kenneth Muguna managed five goals each and stand out amongst the most industrious midfielders.

Elli Asieche is one of the highest-scoring midfielders

The year 2020 begins with the duo of Enock Agwanda (Kenya Commercial Bank) and Timothy Otieno (Tusker) still top of the goal-scorers’ chart. Agwanda’s KCB open their 2020 fixtures with an away trip to Mathare United while Tusker make their way to Chemelil.

Combined Contributions

The charts have players actively involved in both goal-scoring and assisting of their team’s goals and very few have specialized in just one. Combined contributions places Muguna on 11 (5 goals, 6 assists) at the top while Agwanda 10 (7 goals/3 assists). Timothy Otieno’s 7 goals have a 2-assists supplement while Peter Thiong’o of Kakamega Homeboyz has 3 assists to his 6 goals. John Mark Makwatta of AFC Leopards has fired in 6 goals, assisting 2 allowing him involvement in 8 goals. Tusker’s Luke Namanda and Asieche Elli share a 5 goal, 3 assists combination. Homeboyz’s David Okoth has the same in reverse- 3 goals, 5 assists.

Allan Wanga (Homeboyz) despite missing out of action towards the close of 2019, maintains a decent 4 goals, 3 assists tally while Kevin Kimani of Mathare United has one of the highest assists tally in the division- 5, which combines with his 2 goals for 7.

Enosh Ochieng is only focused on retaining his Golden Boot

2019 Golden Boot winner Enosh Ochieng (Ulinzi Stars) is only keen on maintaining a steady goals tally. He has scored 6 goals and looks focussed only on that.

There is a name that pops up at the 6-goal tally that was never in the charts before week 11. A hat-trick, a brace and a single in quick succession places Western Stima prodigy Benson Ochieng Omalla in prime contention for the Golden Boot. Before week 10 of the 2019-20 campaign, he had not featured once for the Powermen.

See below how the logs look like before we embark on the business of 2020.

Top Scorers’ Log

Timothy Otieno-7
Enock Agwanda-7
Peter Thiong’o-6
Benson Omalla-6
John Mark Makwatta-6
Enosh Ochieng-6
Elvis Rupia-5
Elli Asieche-5
Collins Wakhungu-5
Luke Namanda-5
Francis Nambute-5
Oscar Wamalwa-5

Kenneth Muguna-5

Allan Wanga-4
Nyakan Brian-4
Francis Afriyie-4
David Simiyu-4
Derrick Anami-4
Yema Mwana-4
Shaban Kenga-4
Clifford Alwanga-4

Top Assist Providers’ Log

Kenneth Muguna (Gor)-6

David Okoth (Homeboyz)-5

Kevin Kimani (Mathare)-5

Henry Onyango (Stima)-4

John Kago (Ulinzi)-3

Enock Agwanda (KCB)-3

George Bill Oporia (Posta)-3

Villa Oromcan (Stima)-3

Elvis Nandwa (Ulinzi)-3

Abdallah Chamberi (Stima)-3

Robert Achema (Stima)-3

Peter Thiong’o (Homeboyz)-3

Luke Namanda (Tusker)-3

David Majak (Tusker)-3

Whyvonne Isuza (Leopards)-3

Robert Arot (Nzoia)-3

Michael Oduor (Zoo)-3

Allan Wanga (Homeboyz)-3

Elli Asieche (Sofapaka)-3

Wellington Ochieng (Gor)-3

Rodgers Aloro (Tusker)-3

Kinyanjui James (Mathare)-3

Hillary Wandera (Tusker)-3

Marcellus Ingotsi (Posta)-3

George Maelo (Sofapaka)-3