KPL Week 25 TOTW: Debuts for Sofa keeper, Sanneh
Kenya Premier League action resumed for the round 25 after a two week break that paved way for an international break that was followed by a Shield Tourney.
With the league way into the business end, Gor Mahia faltering to a stalemate against table-propping side, Sofapaka, implied that Tusker ended the week maintaining their grip on a four-point cushion, the Brewers having dispatched Muhoroni on Friday to setting up the bar high for their immediate challengers.
Futaa profiles the week’s best performers who made it ion to the Team of the week.
Matthias Kigonya- Ugandan keeper was the difference in the barren stalemate against Gor Mahia on Sunday game with up to five point blank saves to deny Gor Mahia. After surviving a probable send off in the first half, The Ugandan understudy in the past CHAN Games enlisted at Sofa in the June mid-transfer played a leading role in the point earned against the Champions. The keeper thus marks his debut with a drserved spot at goal.
Another of Sofa back line to earn his slot in the best XI is Jaffary Gichuki who rolled back the years to put up a performance against Gor Mahia. The veteran thwarted Gor Mahia's attack on the left flank blocking deliveries from Karim Nizigiyimana. Was a threat going forward but was solid in his defensive duties.
Like left backs ‘Right back are rare birds’ as far as Kenyan football folklore goes and Kakamega Homeboyz’s Athman Buki is proving one of a kind. The much-travelled defender showed his topflight edge of with a dedicated performance at both ends of the pitch. The right back was a work horse in Homeboyz back line and never hesitated to plunder forward to aid the home team attacks en route the draw against Ushuru.
Harambee Stars recent call up Joash Onyango was a rock-solid at heart of the defense in another of Western Stima’s routine win over AFC Leopards. Apart from wining a number of aerial duels against Leopards front men led by a man with a reputation on their air in Kepha Aswani, the defenders marshaled his rearguard doing well to protect their from his occasional spills.
He partners in the week 25 defensive shape
For Mathare;s Andrew Juma being handed a rare start was akin to a baptism of fire for the defender. Thrown at the ‘deep end’ the new-man did much in repaying the coach faith as he seamless with George Wise and the back line that kept Posta at bay; His assured display at the crowded centre was characteristically that expected from a regular, hardly for a debutant!
A sturdy defense has been pivotal for Chemelil Sugar consistent streak and Willis Ouma was at his best I that regards in playing the spoilers role against the Ulinzi Stars. The versatile defender mounted a vigil of sort against the Soldiers that worked well in shielding theback line to that crucial 1-0 victory win.
Super-Sub Benson Iregi was the destroyer in chief as City Stars eased their relegation fear with a rare victory against Bandari FC in Mombasa, The offensive minded starlet was a constant nuisance to the Dockers defence and summed up a perfect evening with a goal and assist in the 3-1 on the road victory. His teammate and Vapour Academy graduate Oliver Maloba was also instrumental in insuring the downfall also from a similar substitute role. The tricky youngster came on to bag a goal and pin the hosts defenders back in their territory for the victory.
George Mandela opted to reserve his best for his former employers and what away to cap it by striking that early. The Ex Muho man wasted no time to register his name on the scores sheet setting the wining tone for the title chasing Tusker. The KPL 2015 young player of the year was also impressive all through the clash.
Fair to say that Jared Obwoge is doing justice to Millers recent upwards curve and his own goal haul with each given chance. The ex- Gor Mahia striker was at it again and after several unsuccessful attempts his persistence paid off with the all- important goal in the upset of visiting Military men.
Following his belated debut, Ebrima Sanneh has been swift in reminding just where he stands in list of foreign hit men in the Kenya’s topflight league. The Gambian got off the mark against Tusker from the spot and added to his tally in his with another equaisite strike that missed by a whisker to being a priceless match winner for the Taxmen.
Goalkeeper: Mathias Kigonya
Defenders: Athman Buki (Homeboyz) Jaffary Gichuki (Sofapaka), Joash Onyango(Stima) Andrew Juma (Mathare United)
Midfielders: Willis Ouma(Chemelil), Benson Iregi(City Stars), George Mandela(Tusker), Oliver Maloba(City Stars)
Strikers: Jared Obwoge (Chemelil), Ebrima Sanneh(Ushuru)
Subs: Ronny Kagunzi (City Stars) Shafik Batambuze(Tusker) Wilis Ouma (Chemelil)Steohen Wakhanya (Homeboyz ) Boniface Muchiri(SoNy) Musa Saad(Thika United) Samuel Ndungu(Muhoroni Youth), Kenneth Muguna(Stima)