Contributions: Assist providers for round 23 of the Kenyan Premier League

The top two leading assist providers in the 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season Kenneth Muguna of Gor Mahia and David Okoth were all again on the assists board in round 23 with Muguna setting up his team’s fastest goal of the season while Okoth forefront in Kakamega Homeboyz’s comeback against Nzoia Sugar on Sunday.

We look at all the 26 goals, and all the possible positive contributions they may have had.

Ulinzi Stars’ 1-0 victory over Sofapaka was orchestrated from the spot- Enosh Ochieng the beneficiary of a penalty kick birthed by Masita Masuta. This was one of the four clashes played on Saturday 29th.

In Kisumu, Tusker were held to a 2-2 draw by Kisumu All Stars. Michael Owino was first on the end of a John Owira pass for 1-0, but this- Tusker canceled out after two minutes through Luke Namanda who was first to reach a Rodgers Aloro long ball. Timothy Otieno arrived to the blind side of All Stars defense and with a spectacular reception of a Brian Marita cross, made it 2-1 for Tusker. This was canceled out a minute later, Eric Otieno driving home a delicious free-kick for a 2-2 share of the spoils.

Brian Marita guided Timothy Otieno to his 13th goal of the season [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]
Then there is Gor Mahia scoring three times under fifteen minutes against Western Stima at the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani. Boniface Omondi made the most of a Kenneth Muguna toe-poke to fire in the opener. Muguna would himself make it 2-0 after being nicely set up by Lawrence Juma. Before Stima knew what had hit them twice, Nicholas Kipkurui, the beneficiary of a Lawrence Juma pass, found the third.

Stima did fight back, first from the spot through Baron Oketch after Benson Omalla had been brought down in the box. Omalla would make it a tense final minutes after scoring the second from an initial Stephen Onyango rebound.

Chemelil Sugar were taken down by AFC Leopards by a solitary Elvis Rupia goal. Jeffary Owiti with a second successive assist.

Sunday

Bandari Football Club have now taken the full set of six points from Kenya Commercial Bank. Not many teams have done that. John Mwita was on a brace in the tie, first, latching onto a Danson Namasaka through ball for 1-0, and later on, making the most of a searching ball from Collins Agade.

Danson Namasaka (R) set up John Mwita’s first goal [IMAGE- Bandari FC]
Though finding one through Dennis Odhiambo- set up by Michael Mutinda, the bankers’ goose had been fried and they took a 2-1 beating.

Posta Rangers shared two goals with Mathare United, but had to do so coming from behind. Crispin Oduor, on the end of a James Kinyanjui delivery, had given United the lead but Rangers did respond. A long ball from Jairus Adira was flicked over by Ezekiel Okare and volleyed home by Nambute Francis for 1-1.

Five goals were scored when Wazito hosted Zoo at the Machakos County Stadium. Dennis Ng’ang’a struck from a direct freekick for the lead but Collins Neto, fortunate to be on the end of an unattended Kepha Ondati delivery, made it 1-1.

Wazito did rally to reclaim their lead- and even inflict more pain on Zoo. Paul Kiongera calmly controlled a Johnstone Omurwa long ball and fired in for 2-1 and later on, Augustine Otu made the most of an Isuza Whyvonne pass for three. Joe Waithira would compound to the visitors’ woes, grateful enough for Brian Musa’s well-weighted ball.

We finally look at the five goals shared between Kakamega Homeboyz and Nzoia Sugar.

The sugar millers went up through Peter Gin who fired into the far-post from a Gaetan Masha cross. Randy Bakary would send in a free-kick from his right-back position and Phillip Muchuma, rising the highest, headed it home for 2-0.

Masha Gaetan helped Nzoia Sugar to the lead [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]
Homeboyz battled for a comeback but had to wait till the final ten minutes. David Okoth’s shot was not well dealt with by Humphrey Katasi and Allan Wanga helped it home. Okoth would again provide the second, a cross from Benjamin Oketch to tap in for 2-2.  Deep into stoppage time, Wanga was to turn the provider as he found Oketch for the winner.

This is how the assists board looks:

Kenneth Muguna- Gor 13
David Okoth- Homeboyz 11
Elli Asieche- Sofa 8
James Kinyanjui- Mathare 7
Kevin Kimani- Mathare 6
Daniel Waweru- Ulinzi 6
Enock Agwanda- KCB 5
Ahmed Ali Bai- Homeboyz 5
Allan Wanga- Homeboyz 5
Rodgers Aloro- Tusker 5
Lawrence Juma-Gor 5