Action in the Kenya Premier League is coming in thick and fast, with nine mid-week fixtures lined up between Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September. For most of the teams only 11 games remain until the conclusion of the season and we take a look at some of the player statistics so far to highlight a few of the stand out performers.
Gor Mahia continue to lead the standings with their strike partnership of Medie Kagere and Jaques Tuyisenge leading from the front with seven goals each, they complement each other with their awareness and sheer work rate but theirs is not the only strike partnership in the league to conjure up such high numbers.
Sofapaka's Lethal Duo
Sofapaka’s insistence of taking it all the way for the league title with K’Ogalo has been boosted largely by the strike partnership of Umaru Kasumba and Ezekiel Okare who have between them found the net a total of 16 times this season. Sitting six points off the top with 41 points, the Sam Ssimbwa led side is currently on an eight game unbeaten run with five wins and three draws.
Ugandan Kasumba who joined during the mid-season transfer window has been in magnificent form with his eight goals coming from just six games.
It has not been all scoring with him, he has turned provider as well for his teammates with five assists while Okare has laid on a further two goals to go with his eight.
Sofapaka are currently the league’s top scorers with 37 goals and if the two continue with their current form, they could go neck and neck for this season’s MVP recognition.
Zoo's Triple Threat
Another strike partnership tearing defenses apart is that of league debutants Zoo Kericho. Michael Madoya and Nicholas Kipkirui have scored seven goals apiece with Kirui assisting a further four while the diminutive Madoya has scored all seven of his goals with his right foot.
As the league’s third highest scorers(29) behind Sofapaka(37) and Gor(33), Zoo’s superb debut showing has not largely been aided by the two forwards, and the chief architect for their goals has been midfielder Bernard Odhiambo who is the league’s top assist maker with nine. He has also chipped in in the goals tally with three of his own.
Other players racking high individual numbers are Ulinzi Stars duo of forward Stephen Waruru and midfielder Daniel Waweru who have both found the back of the net a combined 15 times. Waruru leads the golden boot race with 11 goals, three of those coming from headers (a joint high as Zoo’s Kipkirui also has three headed goals). Waweru on the other hand has racked up eight assists to go with his four goals.
Kepha Aswani of Nakumatt is the stand out player when it comes to drawing first blood in the team's matches. Of the striker's 10 league goals this season, he has opened the scoring a total of seven times with four of those going on to be winning goals.
Mathare United’s Crispin Oduor has also set a forte for himself, showing he's king when it comes to spot kicks. Four of his nine goals have been converted from the spot. No other player has converted more.