KPL Goals: Fierce contest at the top as Makwatta, Otieno go level

Round 16 of the 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season was the one that opened the year 2020- with 7 matches played across the weekend of Saturday 4th January and Sunday 5th. Only one match, Bandari FC at home to Nzoia Sugar failed to kick-off and a walkover thus issued to the home team on Saturday. The other seven matches birthed 25 goals.

Saturday had five of the seven played- Kariobangi Sharks active against Sofapaka as they try to find that ever-elusive win. Sydney Lokale set William Muluya’s men going against Sofa with the opener, but Batoto Ba Mungu responded twice before the break. Elli Asieche, stepping up for a penalty kick, restored parity with his 6th of the season while Sammy Imbuye’s header- his 3rd of the season, sent Sofa 2-1 up at the break.

Sammy Imbuye (L) and Sydney Lokale were both on target in the Saturday clash [IMAGE- Rodgers Odhiambo]
Battling with a man less towards the end of the tie, Sharks did manage to bite back through Patrick Otieno for a 2-2 share of the spoils.

Out at the Muhoroni Stadium, Tusker FC ran riot against a hapless Chemelil Sugar FC. Scoring seven goals in the lop-sided contest, the brewers had a brace and a hat-trick in it. Hashim Sempala and Mieno Humphrey each struck one goal while Timothy Otieno– who now goes to 9 goals for the season, scored twice. The bulk of the goals goes to George Odhiambo, a second-half hat-trick hero. He is now on 5 goals.

George Odhiambo (L) fired one of the weekend’s hat-tricks [IMAGE- Dianah Yonah]
At the Bukhungu Stadium, another high-scoring side was in action, and three of its forwards delivered. While Allan Wanga grabbed a brace against Kisumu All Stars, Peter Thiong’o scored his 7th of the season while David Okoth found his 4th. Wanga- skippering Kakamega Homeboyz on the day, goes to 6 goals.

Thiong’o reminds everyone that he has gone to 7 goals [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]
There was no separating Mathare United and Kenya Commercial Bank on the same day even if the Bankers had to fight back from 1-0 down. James Kinyanjui had sent united up in the first half, but Enock Agwanda, perhaps wary of the tight contest at the top of the log, stepped up for a second-half penalty to restore parity. He goes to 8 goals.

The final clash of Saturday is Wazito hosting Gor Mahia at the Machakos County Stadium and having Charles Momanyi literally rise to the occasion. Momanyi, towering above everyone else, headed home what would be his 3rd of the season and now ties with Homeboyz’s Kennedy Onyango as the highest-scoring defenders in the league.

Bandari earned a 2-0 walkover win over Nzoia Sugar.

Sunday came with two matches, Posta Rangers at home to Ulinzi Stars and AFC Leopards taking their home match to Kakamega. Zoo would travel there.

Enosh Ochieng and Oscar Wamalwa continued their fine form for the military men as they convincingly took down Rangers. Ochieng goes to 7 goals while Wamalwa follows closely at 6.

Last season’s top scorer Enosh Ochieng is slowly clawing his way up [IMAGE- Dan Ngulu]
 Leopards are in fiery form- amidst all the exits at the club and while John Mark Makwatta has been relatively silent in the charts, this would be his day. Boniface Mukhekhe, however, was the first name on the score-sheet for Ingwe after which Makwatta fired in a free-kick for a 2-0 half time lead over Zoo.

Collins Neto pulled one back for Zoo with just five minutes of the second half played- his 4th of the season. Makwatta was not done, a brace in the second half guided his side to a 4-1 win and as a result- had him soar right to the top of the goal scorers’ chart after 16 rounds. He ties with Tusker’s Timothy Otieno on 9 goals.

See below, how the log currently looks like.

Timothy Otieno 9- Tusker
John Mark Makwatta 9-Leopards
Enock Agwanda 8-KCB
Peter Thiong’o 7-Homeboyz
Enosh Ochieng 7-Ulinzi
Benson Omalla 6-Stima
Elli Asieche 6-Sofa
Oscar Wamalwa 6-Ulinzi
Allan Wanga 6-Homeboyz
Elvis Rupia 5-Wazito
Collins Wakhungu 5-Nzoia
Luke Namanda 5-Tusker
Francis Nambute 5-Rangers
Kenneth Muguna 5-Gor
George Odhiambo 5-Tusker
Nyakan Brian 4-Sofa
Francis Afriyie 4-Gor
David Simiyu 4-Sofa
Derrick Anami 4-Zoo
Yema Mwana 4-Bandari
Shaban Kenga 4-Bandari
David Odhiambo Okoth 4-Homeboyz
Clifford Alwanga 4-Mathare
Collins Neto 4-Zoo