Masoud seals KPL Golden boot race as Sharks thrash Nzoia
Masoud Juma scored a brace to virtually bury the 2017 KPL Golden boot race as Kariobangi Sharks overpowered Nzoia Sugar 4-1 in Camp Toyoyo this Saturday 11 November.
The striker's 17th of goal of the season has seen him open a four goal lead against his closest rivals. Duke Abuya also bagged a brace to help the hosts do a double over Nzoia. The tie pitting the KPL debutants started on a goal-scoring note with Masoud Juma reminding Nzoia that he means business with a surprise lead ten minutes into the action.
A shot from Ibrahim Kitawi came off Nzoia defenders but Juma got there quickest to bury in the spills past Benson Mangala. The lead was to last three minutes only before Nzoia pulled level. Sharks were caught on a surprise break allowing Patrick Kwitonda to poke home a right wing cross from Joff Oyemba's spill.
Nzoia will later claim a slight edge in possesion as Sharks remained the dangerous team at goal. The balanced encounter spring to life in the final five half of the half with both sides close to doubling the lead. Sharks chance came first, Duke Abuya stinging the palms of Benson Mangala from a Masud Juma cross.
It's the visitor who came closest from Festus Okiring hitting the goal post intersection from a 43rd minute cross cum shot before Jonathan Lokadet had a set piece cleared at face of goal. Sharks had an early second half chance go begging from Duke Abuya as Lawrence Juma became Nzoia first change for Lokadet.
The attacker was fast in action but was denied through a controversial call as he went down inside the box after a challenge. It marked a start of a tense moments for Sharks back line with Juma twice threatening from set pieces.
Its Juma namesake, on other end who inspired Sharks back to their lead by setting up Duke Abuya for the 62nd minute goal. The attacker slotted home coolly after a clever dummy from inside the box before picking his spot.
Sharks were in a cruise and came close to extending their lead moments later with Patilah Omotto and Kitawi forcing Mangala to solid saves.
The hosts seemed content to playing the ball around in final stages and still made more chances for Juma and Duke to claim their braces late on.
Abuya's second was to come in spectacular fashion with youngster Erick Kipkurui, a substitute for Masud Juma, leaving two defenders for dead before setting up the striker who sent the keeper in the wrong direction.
Katiobangi Sharks Starting XI: John Oyemba, Wycliffe Otieno, Michael Bodo, Francis Kimathi, Francis Manoah, Geoffrey Lemu, Patillah Omoto, Ovellah Ochieng,(M./Tayo) Duke Abuya, Masoud Juma,(Erick Kipkirui) Ibrahim Kitawi(E. asieche)
Unused Subs: Robert Mboya, Pascal Ogweno, Osborne Monday, Ebrima Sanneh,
Nzoia Starting XI; 39. Benson Mangala 26 .Festus Okiring 25. Geoffrey Kariuki 28.Brian Otieno 34. Vincent Ngesa (C) 22.Elvis Ronack 04.Peter Gin 02. Stephen Wakanya 18.Patrick Kwitonda 17.Jonathan Lodaket 12.Luke Namanda
Subs: 23.Mustapha Oduor 14. Edwin Wafula 03.Collins Odawa, 32.Victor Omondi 13.Dennis Ongeri 21.Brian Yakhama