NAIROBI, Kenya- The third round of fixtures in the Kenya Premier League (KPL) played over the weekend only managed to produce four goals from the seven matches played across the country.
Sony Sugar FC and Nakumatt FC were the only winners as the other five games ended in draws.
Despite the minimal goals scored, there were standout performers for their respective teams and SportPesa News reveals it’s team of the week.
Newcomers Vihiga United FC might have played out to a barren draw against Posta Rangers FC but they have their custodian Barnabas Tiema to thank for the result. The ex-AFC Leopards SC keeper showed great command of his back four and made two outstanding second half saves to ensure Vihiga kept a clean sheet.
Leaders Mathare United FC continued with their unbeaten start to the 2018 KPL campaign with a 0-0 draw against Ulinzi Stars FC at the Afraha Stadium. George Owino was as solid as ever at the back, making sure that the Ulinzi forwards hardly got a sight at goal.
Another phenomenal performance at the back was displayed by Wilson Anekeya of Kakamega Homeboyz. Wazito FC found it very hard to break the deejays defense and the presence and speed of Anekeya proved very efficient for the Western-based side.
Salim Babu was by far the most proud coach after his Sony Sugar climbed up to third place after a second successive victory, a 1-0 win over Zoo Kericho FC. Captain Kevin Oluoch was instrumental in the sugar millers defense, and a last inch tackle in the dying minutes of the game only told the tale of his performance throughout the match.
Yussuf Juma of Chemelil Sugar FC makes it into the SportPesa News team of the week for the second consecutive week, his commanding nature playing an integral role in the 1-1 draw with Kariobangi Sharks FC.
Highly underrated but very effective on the pitch is the first midfielder in the team of the week, Benjamin Mosha. The youngster created a couple of chances in the Sony Sugar FC win and was rather unfortunate not to get his name on the score-sheet.
Sony players continue to dominate as goal-scorer David Simiyu makes it into the team of the week. His persistence and patient build-up play enabled him to score the only goal of the match, giving his side maximum points.
Daniel Mwaura of Mathare was a livewire for his side, with plenty of the chances they created passing through him. Though the KPL game ended in a goalless draw, Mwaura had a great outing receiving loud cheers from the fans in appreciation for his efforts.
Ulinzi Stars, who are seventh with four points, launched numerous attacks but were unable to find the back of the net against Mathare at Afraha. Cliff Kasuti was in top form though, with clever passes and pacy runs in an attempt to give Ulinzi the edge in front of their home fans. He had a couple of shots saved by the Slum Boys keeper, thus his inclusion in the team.
Brian Nyakan has majestically began to fill the shoes left by Kepha Aswani as he bagged his second goal in as many matches to secure a 1-0 win for Nakumatt FC against Nzoia Sugar FC.
Kariobangi Sharks FC took the lead against Chemelil Sugar FC at the Chemelil Complex but Amani Kyata was on hand to score the equalising goal soon after the restart, to top off the resilience and work he had put in throughout the entire match.
SportPesa News team of the week:
Goalkeeper: Barnabas Tiema (Vihiga United FC)
Defenders: George Owino (Mathare United FC) Wilson Anekeya (Kakamega Homeboyz) Kevin Oluoch (Sony Sugar FC) Yussuf Juma (Chemelil Sugar FC)
Midfielders: Cliff Kasuti (Ulinzi Stars) Daniel Mwaura (Mathare United) Benjamin Mosha, David Simiyu (Sony Sugar FC)
Forwards: Brian Nyakan (Nakumatt FC) Amani Kyata (Chemelil Sugar FC)