KPL Goals: Balinya takes off as Rupia, Lwassa find mojo in new colours

24 goals were scored in the Kenyan Premier League’s round 20, a round that also recorded the highest-scoring match when Kisumu All Stars took a calamitous 8-1 fall at the hands of Kariobangi Sharks FC.

The two leading scorers in the division were inactive in the week as AFC Leopards’ John Mark Makwatta has already sealed a move away from the league. Tusker had no match and Timothy Otieno could only sit out the round.

While the two were absent, Enock Agwanda struck his 10th of the season to go within one of Timothy and within three of Makwatta’s tally. With Kenya Commercial Bank tied at 1-1 against Zoo FC, Agwanda struck the winner for the bankers at the death. Collins Neto– who now goes to 6 goals had canceled out Simon Abuko’s opener in the tie.

Saturday 1st also had Western Stima battling it out with Chemelil Sugar and being held to a one-all draw. Kevin Omundi’s opener was evened out by Felix Otuoma as the sugar millers recorded a second successive draw after weeks of battering.

Francis Nambute was on the mark for Posta Rangers with his 7th of the season but could not guide the mailmen pas Bandari who had struck earlier through Shaban Kenga and this ended a 1-1 draw.

The dicier of the matches were played on Sunday and AFC Leopards traveled to Nakuru for a fixture against Ulinzi Stars. Boasting spanking new signings from the recently concluded mid-season transfer, Leopards would have one of those- strike right at the death to seal a 1-0 win over the hosts. Elvis Rupia, after a long goal drought at Wazito, got his mojo back. He goes to 6 goals.

Kariobangi Sharks have been badly in need of a win and when they got one- it was an 8-1 victory over Kisumu All Stars. Played at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani, All Stars rattled the hosts with a 4th-minute goal scored by Dismas Amunga.

John Kuol rose to even the scores and James Mazembe– a diving header for 2-1. New recruit Peter Lwassa then struck twice for a 4-1 half time lead.

Peter Lwassa (L) and James Mazembe played roles in Sharks’ 8-1 demolition of Kisumu All Stars. [IMAGE- K Sharks]
In the second half, Patrick Otieno continued the rout and Samuel Olwande stepped up for a penalty for 6-1. The final two goals went to Patilla Omotto and Kevin-Tom Machika.

Kakamega Homeboyz were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Wazito FC. Leading through a Christopher Masinza strike, the hosts could not hold on to the end and had Derrick Otanga drawing Wazito level in the dying minutes.

Derrick Otanga celebrates his goal against Homeboyz [IMAGE- Wazito FC]
Juma Balinya, making his second appearance for Gor Mahia has already gone to two goals for the season after firing a brace in his team’s 3-0 win over Nzoia Sugar. Captain Kenneth Muguna scored the 3rd and he now goes to 7 goals.

The final match of week 20 is Mathare United’s 1-1 draw against Sofapaka. Spoils shared courtesy of players who have now been on the mark in two successive rounds. Dani Lual drew first blood for Mathare, and Jaden Nana evened this out for a draw at full time.

This is how the Top Scorers’ Chart looks like:

John Mark Makwatta (     ) 13
Timothy Otieno (Tusker) 11
Enock Agwanda (KCB) 10
Enosh Ochieng (Ulinzi) 8
Peter Thiong’o (Homeboyz) 7
Oscar Wamalwa (Ulinzi) 7
Benson Omalla (Stima) 7
Elli Asieche (Sofa) 7
Francis Nambute (Rangers)) 7
Kenneth Muguna (Gor) 7
Allan Wanga (Homeboyz) 6
David Simiyu (Sofa) 6
Collins Wakhungu (Sofa) 6
Elvis Rupia (Leopards) 6
Collins Neto (Zoo)
Luke Namanda (Tusker)Reagan Otieno (KCB)

Joseph Mbugi (Posta)

George Odhiambo (Tusker)

Peter Lwassa (Sharks)

Shaban Kenga (Bandari)

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Featured Image Courtesy/Gor Mahia FC