It’s Tuesday and that only means one thing, give a shout to assist providers from round 22 of the Kenyan Premier League. Seeing that it is the highest-scoring round yet, there’s no doubt that we have plenty of names to single out for their teams’ exploits over the weekend.
We will begin with Mathare United’s visit to Mbaraki Sports Club, and their failure to deal with a counter-attack meant Hassan Abdalla would dive to head home a John Mwita cross for a 1-0 Bandari lead. Danson Chetambe, setting up William Wadri- will take credit for the second assist as the hosts raced into a 2-0 lead.
United’s John Mwangi did well to pull one back, but only after finding himself well-positioned for captain Chrispin Oduor’s cross. Bandari, however, were not done. A late Yema Mwana and Darius Msagha combination killed off the tie.
Kariobangi Sharks out in Kisumu for a duel with Western Stima birthed no goals but at Machakos, when Posta Rangers welcomed Kenya Commercial Bank- four goals were scored.
Enock Agwanda’s brace that sent the visitors 2-0 up were the initial works of Victor Omondi Ogendo. Michael Mutinda would then be the beneficiary of a Simon Abuko cut-back for 3-0. Rangers, putting some respect in the score-line, had Ezekiel Okare whip home from a Clinton Kisiavuki pass right off of restart for a 3-1 score-line at the end.
In Mumias, AFC Leopards ran out 2-0 winners over Sofapaka- Elvis Rupia striking twice. The Ingwe center-forward sent his side into the lead from the spot after a handball in the box. Later on, perfectly positioned for a Jeffary Owiti cross, he would make it 2-0.
Sofa did grab a late one, Jedinak Ameyaw lucky to be on the path of a blocked Ronald Okoth attempt.
Tusker hosting Wazito at the Ruaraka Grounds ended a 1-1 stalemate. Crispinus Onyango broke the deadlock after a decent headed pass from Eugene Asike. Wazito, boasting a resurgent form, struck back very late through Paul Kiongera who tapped home from close range a Dennis Ng’ang’a free-kick.
The bulk of the goals comes from the remaining matches. Ulinzi Stars hosting Kisumu All Stars gave us five. Racing into a 2-0 lead, the soldiers had Masita Masuta- assisted by Daniel Waweru, and Bernard Ongoma- assisted by Enosh Ochieng to thank for the lead. The visitors would claw back. First, Stephen Otieno was brought down in the box and Gerrishom Arabe tucked away the penalty.
Michael Owino would then draw All Stars level after latching onto a Martin Oduor cross. A winner, however, had to be scored, and it came Ulinzi’s way with Masita making the most of a Harun Mwale cross to make it 3-2.
A similar scoreline was recorded in Kericho with Gor Mahia fighting tooth and nail to edge hosts Zoo 3-2.
Kepha Ondati struck first for the hosts, heading home a Mathew Odongo corner kick. Gor responded through Elvis Ronack on the end of a Boniface Omondi corner kick. Odongo and Ondati would them switch roles for Zoo’s second, with the former reclaiming their lead after being let loose by Ondati.
Gor Mahia responded once more, Nicholas Kipkurui arrived to the blind side of Zoo’s defense to tap home a Geoffrey Okoth cross but only after a proper dummy from Michael Apudo. For the win, the champions did pull off one scrappy stoppage-time winner on a very bad afternoon.
Geoffrey Okoth unleashed long throw-in that was won by Lawrence Juma who headed it towards Kenneth Muguna. The captain’s inadequate control of the ball threw off Zoo defenders to perfectly set up Samuel Onyango for the winner.
Kakamega Homeboyz struck six times against Chemelil Sugar in the highest-scoring match of the round.
Christopher Masinza got a quick brace in the tie courtesy of Benjamin Oketch and David Okoth’s assists. Oketch would score Homeboyz’s 3rd after dispossessing Chemelil’s defense and going all the way. Next up was Shami Mwinyi for 4-0, making the most of a nice give and go with David Okoth.
The ultimate star of the show would be Masinza though, who after grabbing a first-half brace, got himself a second-half brace of assists. Ronald Omino scored Homeboyz’s 5th from some good work by Masinza, and later on- Peter Thiong’o would come off the bench to wrap up the day’s proceedings- again set up by Masinza.
|Kenneth Muguna- Gor||12|
|David Okoth- Homeboyz||9|
|Elli Asieche- Sofa||8|
|Kevin Kimani- Mathare||6|
|James Kinyanjui- Mathare||6|
|Daniel Waweru- Ulinzi||6|
|Enock Agwanda- KCB||5|
|Ahmed Ali Bai- Homeboyz||5|
|Allan Wanga- Homeboyz||4|
|Henry Onyango- Stima||4|
|Ibrahim Shambi- Ulinzi||4|
|Austine Odhiambo- Leopards||4|
|Titus Achesa- Sofa||4|
|Brian Nyakan- Sofa
Robert Achema -Stima
Patillah Omotto- Sharks
Tyson Otieno- Mathare
Dennis Ongeri- Zoo
Cliff Kasuti- Bandari