By Samuel Gachariran
The title race was drawn wide open this weekend with Gor Mahia’s lead at the top of the league standings been cut down to only one point. Nakuru All Stars were also relegated to the second tier but which players stood out from the rest?
The team of the week rolls out in a 1-4-3-3 formation. James Saruni and Ekalianah Ndolo feature yet again while Luke Ochieng’, James Situma, Robinson Kamura and Aboud Omar complete the back four. Tusker duo of Khalid Aucho and Osborne Monday join Ndolo in midfield as Ezekiel Otuoma, Enock Agwanda and Fiston Abdulrazak form the three prong attack.
James Saruni (Ulinzi Stars)
Despite failing to convert from the spot at the stroke of half time, he kept the soldiers into the game with an outstanding display in goal. He denied Michael Olunga twice from close range and kept his defense under command throughout the match. This was his second successive clean sheet.
Luke Ochieng’ (Tusker)
The utility player was handed the arm band on his return to the starting lineup and he led from the front with a solid display at right back. He saw his header come off the bar after connecting well with Osborne Monday’s corner.
James Situma (AFC Leopards)
Put up an emphatic and tireless display to marshal his backline towards a clean sheet that ensured his side registered a labored win against their nemesis Chemelil Sugar to climb to 6th place on the log.
Robinson Kamura (Mathare United)
Correctly feted with man of the match accolade, he managed to keep the on form Samuel Onyango at bay. His composure on the ball and under pressure was key to his excellent display.
Aboud Omar (Tusker)
Though unlucky not to get his name on the score sheet, the Kenyan international time and again joined the attack and was involved in the move that set up Khalid Aucho for Tusker’s second goal.
Osborne Monday (Tusker)
Highly effective at the center of the park, he dictated the pace of the match with accurate passes and picked out Jesse Were with a long sublime pass for Tusker’s opener
Khalid Aucho (Tusker)
Rifled in Tusker’s second goal to steer them within sight of title glory with only three points between them and the league leaders. He also combined well with Monday in midfield as well as provide defensive cover for his back four.
Ekalianah Ndolo (Sofapaka)
Consistency has been the driving force for this young lad who is certainly enjoying a rich vein of form. He scored the third goal to cap a fine performance as his side moved to within a point of the league leaders.
Ezekiel Otuoma (Muhoroni Youth)
Nicknamed Rooney among his peers, the Muhoroni Youth forward showed his class with a brilliant solo effort that saw him round up a defender before calmly slotting the winner for his side.
Enock Agwanda (Sofapaka)
Covered every blade of grass in the final third in the process providing two assists. His trademark long throw ins proved too much for the Gor Mahia defense with Fiston heading in his second.
Fiston Abdulrazak (Sofapaka)
The Burundi international was prolific in front of goal netting in a brace that not only won him the man of the match award but also cut down the gap between them and the league leaders.
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