The most active player in terms of involvement in goals from the Kenyan Premier League’s round 18 will be Elli Asieche, skippering Sofapaka on a day that they hosted Nzoia Sugar FC. Scoring once and assisting twice, Elli led Batoto Ba Mungu to a 4-1 victory over the sugar millers.
We look at every goal from the round and possible positive contributions towards them.
With all matches lined up for Sunday, Sofa/Nzoia duel was the first, played from 1 pm at the Machakos County Stadium. David Simiyu struck from close range after being set-up by Brian Nyakan for the opener. Asieche would step up for a penalty after a handball in the box and make it 2-0. Nzoia did pull one back through Boris Kwezi who was right on time for a Kevin Juma free-kick.
Sofa, crushing a possible comeback from the visitors, responded through Titus Achesa, well placed for an Asieche pass and later on George Maelo arriving well to an Asieche free-kick.
Shaban Kenga had been tripped in the Tusker area for a Bandari penalty which Wycliffe Ochomo sent home for 1-0 lead in Mombasa. Hashim Sempala, however, collecting a poor clearance, drove home the equalizer from over 30 yards.
Brian Marita would come off the bench and find himself well-positioned for a George Odhiambo swap-of-the-flanks ball. The sub scored the winner on 96 minutes.
Kenya Commercial Bank were 3-0 winners over Chemelil Sugar with Samuel Mwangi scoring the opener after being released by Ian Mutanda. Making it 2-0 was Victor Omondi who had Enock Agwanda to thank for the final pass. The third would come from Reagan Otieno, who had to weave through the Chemelil defense but only after being on the end of a pinpoint Baraka Badi cross.
In Kakamega, Homeboyz ran out 2-1 winners over Gor Mahia. The two shared the spoils at the break with Shami Kibwana scoring the opener from a David Okoth pass. Nicholas Kipkurui would draw Gor level from captain Kenneth Muguna’s cross.
The match-winner was struck by Ahmed Ali Bhai, well-positioned for Gabriel Andika’s long kick that somehow evaded contact with the dueling duo of goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and Allan Wanga.
Posta Rangers got two against Kisumu All Stars. Eliud Lokuwam arrived on All Stars’ blindside and powered in a header from a Gerson Likono cross. In the second half, Joseph Mbugi made it 2-0 from a free-kick.
AFC Leopards’ 2-0 win over Wazito was the result of a brace of goals and a brace of assists. Nearly struck in similar fashion, John Mark Makwatta was always on time for an Austine Odhiambo through pass. Twice this happened, and twice Leopards scored.
The slum derby had three goals to it, with Mathare United taking the bigger share. Kevin Kimani opened the scoring proceedings with a rebound after Sharks had failed to deal with a James Kinyanjui cross into the box. Daniel Okoth would then find himself primely positioned for a Tyson Otieno pass for 2-0.
In the closing stages, Patillah Omotto released Daniel Sakari on Sharks’ attacking right and the wing-back would score the visitors’ consolation goal.
We wind up the round by looking at the five goals shared between Ulinzi Stars and Western Stima. Boniface Onyango set the ball rolling with a header from a Daniel Waweru corner kick. Stima would respond twice as a result. First, Ugandan duo of Joel Abaliwano and Oromcan Villa combined for the equalizer, Villa on the end of a left-footed delivery from Joel.
Youngster Benson Omalla would take Stima 2-1 up after being nicely set up by Festo Omukoto.
Ulinzi would, however, draw back level before the break through Michael Otieno who was fortunate to be perfectly positioned for a ball that had ricochetted off Daniel Waweru. In the second half, Shambi Ibrahim set up John Kago for the winner.
Here’s how the assists chart looks like:
|Kenneth Muguna- Gor||8|
|David Okoth- Homeboyz||6|
|Kevin Kimani- Mathare||5|
|Elli Asieche- Sofa||5|
|Daniel Waweru- Ulinzi||5|
|Allan Wanga- Homeboyz||4|
|Henry Onyango- Stima||4|
|Rodgers Aloro- Tusker||4|
|Enock Agwanda- KCB||4|
|James Kinyanjui- Mathare||4|
|Ibrahim Shambi- Ulinzi||4|
|Austine Odhiambo- Leopards||4|
|John Kago- Ulinzi||3|
|George Bill Oporia- Rangers||3|
|Villa Oromcan- Stima||3|
|Elvis Nandwa- Ulinzi||3|
|Chamberi Abdallah- Stima||3|
|Robert Achema- Stima||3|
|Thiong’o Peter- Homeboyz||3|
|Luke Namanda- Tusker||3|
|David Majak- Tusker||3|
|Whyvonne Isuza- Wazito||3|
|Robert Arot- Nzoia||3|
|Michael Oduor- Zoo||3|
|Wellington Ochieng- Gor||3|
|Hillary Wandera- Tusker||3|
|Maelo George- Sofa||3|
|Marcellus Ingotsi- Rangers||3|
|Ahmed Ali Bai- Homeboyz||3|
|Titus Achesa- Sofa||3|
|Moses Mudavadi- Homeboyz||3|
|Joel Abaliwano- Stima||3|
|Kevin Juma- Nzoia||3|
|Patillah Omotto- Sharks||3|
|George Odhiambo- Tusker||3|