Stats and records: What we learnt from KPL round of 16


Stats and records: What we learnt from KPL round of 16
Gor Mahia tackle Wazito FC at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos at the weekend

In Summary

  • The defending champions Gor Mahia proved their quality with a hard fought 1-0 victory against improved moneybags Wazito FC on Saturday.
  • K'Ogalo just trained twice prior to the game owing to the financial shortcoming that has almost affected every club in the country’s top league but that did not stop them from pocketing the three important points.
Joseph Saasia

The Kenyan Premier League round of 16 matches played at the weekend presented some interesting findings. We sample some of them.

Gor prove their mettle

The defending champions Gor Mahia proved their quality with a hard fought 1-0 victory against improved moneybags Wazito FC on Saturday.

K`Ogalo just trained twice prior to the game owing to the financial shortcoming that has almost affected every club in the country’s top league but that did not stop them from pocketing the three important points.

Their intention is clear; the 18 time champions are not ready to surrender the title.

Makwatta can’t stop shaking the net

Elsewhere, AFC Leopards forward John Makwata bagged a hat trick against Zoo Kericho on Sunday to prove his worth as he took his tally of the season to nine.

The former Ulinzi Stars attacker is targeting 20 or more goals this season and has so far managed almost half with 18 games remaining on KPL calendar.

Meanwhile, Wazito FC new signings Dennis Ng`ang`a and Dennis Sikhayi had an excellent game against the defending champions Gor Mahia.

The duo; both full backs stopped K`Ogalo from using their flanks and offered help in the attack. They brought stability in Wazito`s rearguard and ensured the goal keeper had an easy time.

Tusker lick Chemelil Sugar to their feel

Moving on to Muhoroni, Robert Matano coached side Tusker made the highlight of the match day 16 of the KPL on Saturday after their 7-0 demolition of struggling Chemelil.

The result took the brewers to 31 points tally from 15 matches, a point less than leaders Gor Mahia.

The Brewers are targeting the league title this season and results like this show their seriousness. The Ruaraka based side is ruthless in front of the goal and the technical bench is demanding more from the players to sustain the title push.

Lastly, the Kisumu based outfit All Stars suffered a 4-0 defeat in the hands of Kakamega Homeboyz at Bukhungu Stadium.

The players lacked morale to display anything better. This has been seen as a result of empty promises that have been the order of the day in the team with players going months without pay.

The technical bench is struggling to work with the almost nonexistent training equipment. If nothing is done, the situation will become worse.

In total, 25 goals were scored in the top league over the weekend despite Nzoia Sugar failing to turn up against Bandari FC at Mbaraki Sports Club.

The league resume this Wednesday with several matches lined up across different pitches in the Country.

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