KPL R19: Goals galore as Homeboyz go top

Kakamega Homeboyz leapt to the summit of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) at the close of a goal-laden day on Saturday 25 January, having helped themselves to a 2-1 win over Kariobangi Sharks at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.

Once again, Sharks took the lead but let it slip off their grasp, as Boniface Onyango’s 23rd minute goal that saw them lead going to the break was overturned by Kennedy Onyango’s 58th minute strike and the comeback wrapped up by Ali Bai in the 81st minute.

The match pitting Kariobangi Sharks against Homeboyz was just one of four on the day that yielded three or more goals. At Afraha Stadium, Gor Mahia were a class above Bandari FC, picking an impressive 3-0 win. Goalkeeper David Mapigano helped himself to a goal in the game, with a long range kick from his own half that beat Bandari custodian Justin Ndikumana.

Debut and goal

Debutant Michael Apudo, who just moved to the team from Posta Rangers also had a long range effort dipping behind the Bandari keeper for a 2-0 first half lead and Kennedy Otieno wrapped up the rout with another beautiful goal in the 69th minute.

In the early kickoff, Wazito FC’s suffering was extended with a sixth straight loss as they fell 0-3 to Posta Rangers at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Wazito’s Issifou Bourhana shot Posta Rangers in the lead with an early own goal, in just the fourth minute, and the mailmen held on going to the break.

Joseph Mbugi doubled Ranger’s advantage in the 60th minute with a penalty and Clinton Kisiavuki put the icing on the cake with the third goal in the 90th minute.

Leopards luxury

Meanwhile, AFC Leopards had the luxury of missing two penalty kicks but still managed to beat Kisumu All Stars 2-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on the same day. Vincent Oburu opened the scoring in the 25th minute before John Mark Makwatta grabbed his 13th goal of the season in the 75th minute.

It should have been better for Makwatta, and AFC Leopards, had he scored with two penalties won in the game.

In the late kickoff match, KCB FC beat Western Stima 3-1 to condemn the power men to their second straight loss.

The Bankers did the job on the power men in just the opening half, with Enock Agwanda’s sixth minute goal setting the ball rolling before Simon Abuko (28th minute) and Reagan Otieno (45th minute) completed the rout.

Western Stima resumed the more energized and would win a 53rd minute penalty off Mike Kibwage’s handball in the box. Villa Oromchan slotted well past debutant Gabriel Andika but great defending from the Bankers kept a marauding Stima at bay, to see the game end 3-1.

Two draws

The only goalless game of the Saturday fixtures came at the Sudi Stadium, in Bungoma as Nzoia Sugar and Zoo FC ended it barren. It wasn’t the only draw of the day; there were shared spoils as well in Muhoroni as bottom side Chemelil Sugar held their own to come from down and draw 1-1 with Sofapaka.

David Simiyu scored against the team he left just weeks ago, giving Sofapaka a 45th minute lead. However, Vincent Wanga scored in the 47th minute to ensure the home team had something to take home from the game.

One more match is on the cards; on Sunday 26 January, Tusker FC will host Ulinzi Stars at the Ruaraka Stadium in a match that holds the potential to shake up the top five.

Saturday results

Gor Mahia 3-0 Bandari FC

Wazito FC 0-3 Posta Rangers

Kariobangi Sharks 1-2 Kakamega Homeboyz

Nzoia Sugar 0-0 Zoo FC

Kisumu All Stars 0-2 AFC Leopards

Chemelil Sugar 1-1 Sofapaka

KCB 3-1 Western Stima