The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) was back over the weekend of January 25th and 26th after a brief Cup break and from it, 19 goals scored. It is one of the few times in which the front three runners for the Golden Boot were all active at the same time, scoring a goal each from their respective ties.
We look at the 19 goals.
Posta Rangers made good of their threat to dismantle Wazito and duly dispatched the moneybags by 3 goals unreplied. Wazito’s new signing Issifou Bourhana was unfortunate to be on the path of a rebound from an initial Joseph Mbugi free-kick and found himself on the wrong end of the score-sheet. Mbugi would make it 2-0 from the spot later on and Clinton Kisiavuki in for three.
At the Muhoroni Stadium, Chemelil Sugar earned a rare point when they held Sofapaka to a 1-1 draw. They, however, had to do this coming from behind as their former striker David Simiyu had sent his new employers 1-0 up. Vincent Wanga was the name for the sugar millers for their second draw of the season.
Gor Mahia goalkeeper David Mapigano becomes the second keeper to enter the scorers’ charts this season with an outrageous goal on Saturday. Powering what looked like a goal kick forward, the Tanzanian International sent Gor into the lead against Bandari FC. Left-back Michael Apudo would make his debut in the match and also make it 2-0 for the defending champions.
To complete the rout was Kennedy Otieno, firing from just outside the box for a 3-0 Gor Mahia win.
Kariobangi Sharks’s search for another win remained elusive once more even with Boniface Onyango sending them 1-0 up against a visiting Kakamega Homeboyz. They, despite containing the free-firing Homeboyz attack, could not keep tabs on defender Kennedy Onyango who found the equalizer for his 4th of the season and later on, Ahmed Ali Bhai for a 2-1 win.
Kisumu All Stars were taken down by two goals to nothing by AFC Leopards, and the highlight from the tie was John Mark Makwatta keeping his lead at the top scorers’ chart with his 13th of the season. Vincent Oburu had given Leopards the lead.
Western Stima found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 first-half lead against Kenya Commercial Bank, and for a team not used to losing this season, had to react fast. Enock Agwanda, Reagan Okwiri, and Simon Abuko had given the bankers a healthy lead so Villa Oromcan’s penalty in the second half could only pass as a consolation for the powermen from Kisumu.
Nzoia Sugar up against Zoo FC birthed no goals and there was only one match played on Sunday- from it, two of the leading scorers aided their teams to cancelling each other out. Timothy Otieno- scoring his 11th of the season, was evened out by Enosh Ochieng, who now goes to 8 goals when Tusker and Ulinzi Stars played to a 1-1 draw.
Here’s how the log looks like:
|John Mark Makwatta (Leopards)||13|
|Timothy Otieno (Tusker)||11|
|Enock Agwanda (KCB)||9|
|Enosh Ochieng (Ulinzi)||8|
|Oscar Wamalwa (Ulinzi)||7|
|Benson Omalla (Stima)||7|
|Elli Asieche (sofa)||7|
|Allan Wanga (Homeboyz)||6|
|Collins Wakhungu (Sofa)||6|
|Francis Nambute (Rangers)||6|
|David Simiyu (Sofa)||6|
|Luke Namanda (Tusker)||5|
|Kenneth Muguna (Gor)||5|
|George Odhiambo (Tusker)Elvis Rupia (Wazito)
Reagan Otieno (KCB)
Joseph Mbugi (Posta)
Featured Image Courtesy/ Bandari FC