15 Nov, 05:37
Arguably, the performance of the weekend came at Afraha Stadium, where Tusker FC were crowned 2016 KPL Champions after beating AFC Leopards by a solitary goal.
Futaa.com as is the norm highlights the Week’s best performers as Bandari's Darius Msagha earned his debut courtesy of his heroics with veteran Noah Abich maintaining his place in the starting lineup.
Ronny Kagunzi: The former Gor Mahia custodian was outstanding between the posts as he ensured that the already relegated side continue to sign off on a high to hold Ushuru to a barren draw. The keeper denied scathing attacks from Kennedy Oduor, Ebrimah Sanneh, Dennis Wafula and Balotieno courtesy of some excellent saves.
Osborne Monday: The speed at which Monday raced forward to support the Tusker attack was tremendous but it was also the ease and composure he showed when he gently stroked the ball from a corner for Batambuze to finish that set his apart in the match ensuring that the team confirmed the title. He makes a return after several weeks of absence from the team of the week.
Joakins Atudo,This robust and experienced Posta Rangers' center-half took charge from the first minute in their 2-1 over Sony Sugar as he took a fit-again Boniface Muchiri head on to ensure that Posta Rangers returned to the capital with all the three points. He provided the all-important assist for Joseph Nyaga to score the second goal for Rangers.
Shafik Batambuze: The former Western Stima left-back scored the all-important goal in the 69th minute against AFC Leopards as Tusker broke their three-year dominance by Gor Mahia, handing Paul Nkata a second title in his fist year in charge at Ruaraka. He was also splendid in the match providing all the necessary dangerous crosses that kept Ian Otieno busy between the posts.
Harun Nyakha: At last youngster Harun Nyakha appears to be enjoying his game under the AFC Leopards spotlight in the same way he did when he set the Premier League alight at the Tusker youth team. For the last two games we've seen flashes of his brilliance and he managed to carry it to the weekend match reducing Mieno's impact in that especially with a weight of expectancy that comes with being an AFC Leopards' player.
Noah Abich: The former Mathare United man was a rock in the middle of the park for Sofapaka in their 2-2 draw, as has become his tradition, he assisted a goal and scored another one for Batoto Ba Mungu as the team maintained its survival race on track ahead of the grand finale.
Boniface Muchiri: Boniface Muchiri gave Rangers’ defence a hard time, creating chances and also trying to be on the score sheet. He was involved in Amos Asembeka's goal when he bsent through a cross that Matasi was unable to deal with allowing Amos Asembeka to pounce on it and he made no mistake in sending it home.
Darius Msagha. The young attacker come off the bench to inspire Bandari into a 1-0 win against determined Western Stima. The players who replaced more experienced Edwin lavatsa in the 65th minute announced his arrival with a power-assist for King’atua’s leading to the subsequent goal. We congratulate him for making his debut in the Futaa.com Team of the Week.
David King’atua: The lad keeps on getting better and it was vividly after scoring a superbly taken goal against a determined but unlucky Western Stima an hurting the latter's top three chances with a match left to the end of the season.
Jacques Tuyisenge: The Rwandan international lifted the mood for K’Ogallo fans in the Moi Stadium with a cool finish from Kagere and had all-round performance reinforcing his place as an astute acquisition. He was always a constant threat throughout the game as he assisted Gor Mahia second goal.
Meddie Kagere: He also managed to cut Muhoroni Youth defenders to ribbons and looked deadly in front of goal. He enjoyed every moment that he got in putting Muhoroni into the sword by assisting Tuyisenge goal and scoring another one as Gor Mahia saw off Muhoroni 2-0.
Starting XI: Ronny Kagunzi (C. Stars), Osborne Monday, Shafik Batambuze, (Tusker FC), Joakins Atudo (Posta Rangers), Haron Nyakha (AFC Leopards), Noah Abich (Sofapaka) ,Boniface Muchiri (Sony Sugar), Darius Msagha (Bandari), Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia)
Subs: Joseph Okoth (Bandari), Karim Nizigiyimana and Erick Ouma (Gor Mahia), Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars), Allan Kateregga (AFC Leopards), Dennis Odhiambo(Thika United).