Three players over the weekend of the Kenyan Premier League’s round 19 were involved in both scoring and setting up a goal for their teammates. Having already looked at each of the scorers of the 19 goals spread across the 8 games played, we dive right into the assists chart and see which name stayed consistent and which ones were overworked.
We begin with Posta Rangers’ 3-0 win over Wazito FC, and here find the first player to be involved in both scoring and assisting. The opener in the tie goes down as an own goal- Issifou Bourhana unlucky to be in the way of a parried save from his goalkeeper who had been dealing with a Joseph Mbugi free-kick. Mbugi stepped up for the second goal from the spot, this coming from Ezekiel Okare being fouled in the box.
To wrap it all up was Clinton Kisiavuki who was on hand to drive home an initial Eliud Lokuwam attempt.
At the Muhoroni Stadium, Sofapaka failed to pick maximum points as has been the norm with visiting teams at the venue when hosts Chemelil sugar held the visitors to a 1-1 draw. Despite taking the lead through David Simiyu who notched home a Titus Achesa pass, Sofa could not hold on, and duly got punished by Vincent Wanga, a beneficiary of a carefully weighted Richard Oti pass.
Michael Apudo was making his debut for Gor Mahia against one of his former sides Bandari FC, and a debut couldn’t have been better. Sending the ball back to goalkeeper David Mapigano from his left-back position, Apudo’s pass will count as an assist as Mapigano’s forward kick of the ball ended up at the back of Bandari’s net. Yes, it did.
A lucky day for the former Rangers man, Apudo once again dropped what initially looked like a cross into the Bandari box but even this one ended up at the back of the net. He had received the ball from Lawrence Juma from deep in the midfield.
The final goal comes courtesy of Kennedy Otieno’s ferocious drive from outside the 18-yard area after being set up by Kenneth Muguna. Muguna goes to 9 assists for the season and is the leader on the log.
Three goals were scored between Kakamega Homeboyz and Kariobangi Sharks FC. Sharks, taking the lead through Boniface Odhiambo who was set up by Eric Juma, could not hold onto the lead.
Kennedy Onyango leveled matters for Homeboyz from an Ahmed Ali Bhai free-kick after which, Moses Chikati’s long kick from the midfield found Bhai upfront for the winner.
AFC Leopards could have scored four goals against Kisumu All Stars but squandered two penalties in the tie to see it end 2-0. On-form Vincent Oburu was the one to open the scoring after being set up by John Makwatta. In the second half, John Mark Makwatta would make amends for his missed penalties to head home an Isaac Kipyegon cross.
Western Stima’s visit to Kenya Commercial Bank was the weekend’s highest-scoring game with 4 goals scored. The bankers won 3-1, a match in which right-back Badi Baraka starred.
Badi released Enock Agwanda for the opener, and later on, Simon Abuko for the second. The third would be scored by Reagan Okwiri but only after being on the end of a decent offload from Brian Ochieng.
Stima did grab one back, from the spot when Villa Oromcan scored after a handball in the box.
The final match of the round was contested between Tusker and Ulinzi Stars, the brewers at home.
The 1-1 share of the spoils between the two was because Ulinzi Stars could not hold onto Enosh Ochieng’s opener. He had been precisely set up by John Njuguna. Tusker canceled this out from the spot, with Timothy Otieno benefitting from a penalty after being fouled in the box.
How the assists board looks like:
|Kenneth Muguna- Gor||9|
|David Okoth- Homeboyz||6|
|Kevin Kimani- Mathare||5|
|Elli Asieche- Sofa||5|
|Daniel Waweru- Ulinzi||5|
|Enock Agwanda- KCB||5|
|Henry Onyango- Stima||4|
|Rodgers Aloro- Tusker||4|
|Allan Wanga- Homeboyz||4|
|James Kinyanjui- Mathare||4|
|Ibrahim Shambi- Ulinzi||4|
|Austine Odhiambo- Leopards||4|
|Ahmed Ali Bai- Homeboyz||4|
|Titus Achesa- Sofa||4|
|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|
|John Kago- Ulinzi||3|
|George Bill Oporia||3|
|Moses Mudavadi- Homeboyz||3|
|Joel Abaliwano- Stima||3|
|Kevin Juma- Nzoia||3|
|Patillah Omotto- Sharks||3|
|George Odhiambo- Tusker
Badi Baraka- KCB
Erik Zakayo- Tusker