The Kenyan Premier League is well into its business stage as the quest for points and survival proved more intense with Week 21 encounters across the country.
Facing an imminent defeat at the half time break, coach Ivan Minnaert's double half time changes proved master stroke as AFC leopards went on to claim a win against odds against Ushuru. It was a second time the tactician picked out a player who went on to either salvage a point or win the for the team .
David Okello’s commanding display at goal sees the custodian piping his Bandari counterpart Wilson Obungu for a start at goal. The Ex- Sofa keeper vigilance and well timed moves saw him adequately dealing with Mathare strong aerial threats from set pieces and saved a number of potential goal-scoring chances.
Tusker skipper James Situma(CB) led from the back as Brewers bounced back with massive win against Mathare. Situma who has conventionally been deployed at right back seamlessly fitted in alongside Lloyd Wahome in a brick wall partnership at the heart of defense that looked solid for the young Mathare attack to have a sniff at goal.
Ushuru inspiration skipper Maurice Odipo (RB) played in an unfamiliar right-back position. He played well and capped it with a well-taken header to set Ushuru up against AFC leopards. On a week that was in shambles, Odipo did his part with his exemplary leadership and display.
Felly Mulumba(CB) has continued to form a solid partnership with Sheriff Mohamed at the heart of Bandari defence and against an offensive Gor, he did well with a number of blocks and what a performance for a fixture that had him scoring a miserable own goal in the first leg.
At the left back, Andrew Waiswa(LB) was to hold brief on the left back and the former Sony man was at his best to cut short the flanks supply from George Odhiambo and ever marauding Karim Nizigiyimana. Although a victim of mistimed tackles, Waiswa and company nonetheless mounted a solid back line that condemned Gor Mahia to a second successive draw.
Michael Luvusti (DM) proved a pivotal figure at centre of pitch with a dominant display as the team fought back to hold visiting Kakamega Homeboyz at Thika. The midfielder was not only instrumental in igniting most of hosts forwards forays but also did well to pack the midfield, denying spaces that Homeboyz looked keen to exploit from.
For the second week Moses Odhiambo(R W) earns a start in the team of the week as among the weekend biggest winners in the rout of City Stars. In addition to getting on the score-sheet,Odhiambo created another goal in a complete performance. Coach John Baraza couldn’t ask for more from the team that looks to breathe fresh hope in their quest for survival against fellow strugglers Stars.
Masud Juma(LW) finally got his Sony Sugar scoring campaign of the mark after four game wait where the striker had nonethelles proved a team player with two assists. His goal against Stima set the Millers on the winning tone as Asembeka and Ademba added the insurance tally in the surprise 3-0 win against in form Western Stima
There can only be one Kepha Aswani; (CF) is how Ingwe fans likes it put and the striker was at his beastly beast as he grabbed the week 21 headlines with a spectacular brace in that comeback win against Ushuru. For second time the striker came off the bench to inspire Ingwe’s resurgence thanks to his well documented reputation in the air .His glancing header and clinical finish later on proved the just needed catalysts that leopards needed to carry the day.
Despite strugGling for start and regular berth at the Brewers,
Clifford Alwanga(RF) might as well have given Paul Nkata some food for thought with his goal and assist performance against Mathare United. Good precision and Awareness for the striker saw the ace handing the brewers an early lead in the game before setting up striker partner Allan Wanga for the second goal. It took more of self belief and quick judgement to see where the keeper was and good instincts for his first goal that looked ambitious but nonetheless well executed.
Jared Obwoge(LF) the Chemelil -Muho derby decider take the other slot in this week offensive line attack. An indefatigable display from the attacker reaped rich rewards albeit ate on as to end in as the notched the match winner against their rivals.
Subs : Wilson Obungu, Vincent Omumbo , Noah Abich, Ongoma, Clifford Alwanga, Dennis Wafula ,Onwudi Chibueze
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