KPL Wk 28 TOTW: Abich, Okello return as Odhiambo, Hassan debut
Leaders Tusker FC consolidated their lead at the helm of the Kenyan Premier League heading to the final two games with challengers Gor Mahia also holding their end of bargain to record a massive win and keep the Brewers within check.
Sofapaka breathed more life into their frantic chase for league survival at the foot of the log as AFC Leopards free falling streak stretched on to another week. The week also registered the first relegation casualty in Nairobi City Stars who said goodbye to top flight football at least for next season.
Futaa.com as is the norm highlights the Week’s best performers as David Okello’s heroics at goal and Noah Abich knack for creating goals earn the pair a return to the starting team that lines out in 4-3-3 formation.
Tusker’s David Okello after saving a first minute penalty proceeded to mount a solid stand throughout the match. He denied Masoud Juma for over four times earning a well-deserved clean sheet and vital on the road points for his team.
Abdalla Hassan (Bandari) had a memorable game against Posta Rangers at Kasarani. After enduring a rather uncomfortable opening half, the right back resumed for the final one with an assured composure. He made key defensive blocks in thwarting a number of Mailmen’s attacks. His ability to bail out his fellow defenders and aid in the team’s attack was also outstanding in the 1-0 win over Posta.
Ulinzi Stars were among the five teams to earn a shut-out and Geoffrey Kokoyo’s timely tackles at the most crucial of moments had a lot to do with the impressive statistic. His display against Thika was testament to his improvement with every passing game.
Smith Ouko (Chemelil Sugar) not only completed a fine display at the back but claimed a role in Millers openinggoal against Western Stima. The lanky defender's ability to deliver dangerous crosses and blend it with tidy defensive work earns him a berth in the team of the week.
Erick Ouma (Gor Mahia) is probably the hottest property in the league at the moment and how he carried forward his Mashemeji Derby form to the Mathare United game was eye catching. The youngster was solid defensively and dangerous going forward in what is turning to be his trademark display.
Sofapaka’s experienced defender Noah Abich is certainly enjoying his new role at the midfield and the former Mathare man proved the destroyer in chief as a three - star Sofapaka successfully placed AFC on the chopping board. Abich has taken his new role in strides and claimed another two assist in the win to move his assist tally to four in last two games.
David Ojuang (Chemelil Sugar) has been another crucial component in Francis Baraza team and the midfielder was at his best in the clash against Western Stima. Playing as a laid back midfielder has not muzzled Ojuang' from venturing forward in search of the vital goal, a role he executed well once more with his third league goals against Stima.
Humphrey Mieno -The Tusker deputy skipper played a key role in the hard fought 1-0 win over SoNy Sugar. Mieno was at his best to control the match tempo and Brewers command o the center of the pitch en route the win.
In one of his rare starts, David Odhiambo was a constant thorn to City Stars’ defenders from the first minute as Homeboyz relegated Nairobi City Stars over the weekend. The pacy left footed man was all over the rival’s defense and capped the performance with a great solo strike
Former AFC leopards winger Noah Wafula has shown massive progress in recent weeks and his game awareness and crossing has improved massively. Against SoNy, he was no different scoring the all-important goal and might have come out with more only to be denied in two others attempts by Rookie keeper Kelvin Obwanda at SoNy’s goal.
The final slot in the three man attack deservedly goes to Sofa’s second man in the list in Ezekiel Okare. The striker displayed unique predatory instincts as he bagged a double against Ingwe at Machakos. His twin strike left the club hopeful of mounting a successful escape to the season relegation fear that has dogged the former KPL champions.Starting XI: David Okello, Hassan Abdalla, Geoffrey Kokoyo, Smith Ouko, Eric Ouma, Noah Abich, David Ojuang, Humprey Mieno, Noah Wafula, Ezekiel Okare, David Odhiambo,Subs: Shaban Odhoji (Ushuru) Musa Mudde (Bandari), Karim Nizigiyimana (Gor Mahia), Baraka Badi (Thika), Omar Boraaafya (Bandari), Joseph Mbugi, (Posta), Felly Mulumba (Bandari).READ: KPL Wk 28: Gor maintain push on leaders as C. Stars bite the dustALSO READ: KPL Wk 29: AFC Leopards defender among the suspended