NAIROBI, Kenya -Kariobangi Sharks FC striker, Masoud Juma has silenced his critics as he closes on the 2017 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) Golden Boot according to his head coach, William Muluya.
Juma, 22, has recovered from a mid season slump and a heavily-criticised performance on his Harambee Stars debut in their 2019 AFCON Qualifier defeat away to Sierra Leone in June to notch 17 goals in the 2017 and take charge of the race to be crowned the top division’s most lethal striker.
Besides scorching the league, Juma also emerged the top scorer in the 2017 GOtv Shield Cup with five but could not fire Sharks slumped to the crown after his team surrendered to a 2-0 defeat to AFC Leopards SC in the final.
The Isiolo-born forward capped their resounding 4-1 victory over Nzoia Sugar FC with a double to consolidate his lead in the 2017 SPL Golden Boot run with his tally four more than nearest competitors; Jacques Tuyisenge of Gor Mahia FC and Kepha Aswani of Nakumatt FC who are tied at 13 apiece.
“He is a young lad who is hungry to play. I think he deserves more credit than he is getting. Unfortunately he doesn’t get the kind of credit he deserves. That is the sad bit.
“There is no difference between training and match days for Juma. He gives his all. That is exactly what we want from our players. As he continues to develop, I’m certain we will have an even more lethal forward,” Muluya remarked.
Sharks close their debut 2017 SPL campaign against Nakumatt on Saturday as they seek to improve on their fifth placing (49) on their maiden appearance in the top division.
Sofapaka (52), Posta Rangers FC (50) and deposed titleholders; Tusker FC (50) are the sides within their sights with Gor Mahia FC (73) already crowned the 2017 champions.