The assists board had minimal changes at the top after round 16 of the Kenyan Premier League. Despite having a massive 25 goals on the weekend of the round, only 17 were positively assisted by a teammate.
We begin with the first clash of the round that had four goals evenly shared between Kariobangi Sharks and Sofapaka. Sydney Lokale had happened to be in the right position to collect a poor clearance from the Sofa defense to fire in the opener. Elli Asieche would restore parity from the spot after a handball in the Sharks area. Before the break, Sammy Imbuye rose to head home a Titus Achesa cross ball.
Sharks battled with a man down in the closing stages and made the most out of a corner kick delivered by Patillah Omotto and tucked away by Patrick Otieno.
Seven goals were scored by Tusker against Chemelil Sugar. Sempala Hashim’s opener came from an Eric Zakayo cut-back while Timothy Otieno’s brace that followed was the initial work of Sammy Meja and Michael Madoya. Humphrey Mieno tucked away an Eric Ambunya cross for 4-0.
In the second half, George Odhiambo would come off the bench to fire in a hat-trick, largely due to Chemelil’s lackluster defending. Of his three, the second- him heading away a Rodgers Aloro free-kick, counts as having been positively assisted by a teammate.
A round that had plenty of goals in it, Kakamega Homeboyz were not to be left behind as they found four past Kisumu All Stars. Peter Thiong’o struck from close range from a Moses Mudavadi pass and Allan Wanga soon made it 2-0 after some give and go with Ahmed Ali Bhai. The third, scored by David Okoth, was Wanga’s creation. The skipper then compounded to All Stars woes with his second goal from the spot after a handball in the All Stars box.
Mathare United could have edged Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) after James Kinyanjui reacted quickest to head home from an initial Lazaro Simba shot but the bankers restored parity in the second half- Enock Agwanda tucking away a penalty after a handball in the box.
The final clash of Saturday had only one goal in it- the one that separated Wazito and Gor Mahia. Charles Momanyi was the name on the score-sheet for Gor as he rose to head in a Kenneth Muguna free-kick. The Gor Mahia skipper goes to 7 assists and maintains his place as the highest assist provider in the division.
Sunday had only two matches, and in the first- Posta Rangers fell 2-0 to Ulinzi Stars. Enosh Ochieng was on the end of a Daniel Waweru cross for 1-0 and in the second half, the soldiers stretched away through Oscar Wamalwa after being set up by Omar Boraafya.
We wrap this report by looking at the five goals shared between AFC Leopards and Zoo FC.
Mukhekhe Boniface’s opener came from precise delivery from Austine Odhiambo in the way of a corner kick while John Mark Makwatta fired in from a free-kick.
In the second half, Neto Collins made the most of an Ondati Kepha corner kick to pull one back for Zoo but this would only rattle Leopards. Makwatta fired in Leopards’ third from a rebound after a Robinson Kamura free-kick and he would make it 4-1, latching onto a Zoo back pass to complete his hat-trick.
This is how the assists board looks like:
|Kenneth Muguna||7 -Gor|
|George Bill Oporia||3-Rangers|
|Ahmed Ali Bai||3-Homeboyz|