Kenya Player of the Week: Jesse Were-Tusker

The former Mathare United forward followed up his hat-trick against Muhoroni by scoring four goals to help Tusker hammer Homeboyz 5-1
Kenya Player of the Week
Jesse Were
AGE 24
TEAM Tusker
Kakamega Homeboyz
1-5 Tusker FC

No other player in the Kenyan Premier League has scored seven goals in two matches apart from the Tusker forward and for this is crowned Goal's player of the week for the second time. Were grabbed the league's second hat-trick when his side Tusker hammered Muhoroni Youth 3-0 three weeks ago away in Muhoroni. The youthful Were was at it again on Saturday notching four goals as the league champions crushed Kakamega Homeboyz 5-1 at Bukhungu Stadium. His ten goals makes him the league's top scorer at the moment and points at the possibility of significantly raising the standards in as so far as the 2013 golden boot is concerned. Perhaps it is time national team selectors called up the former Mathare United striker to beef up the Harambee Stars forward line.

Congratulations to Jesse Were's 7th Kenya Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Shaban Kenga - Bandari

Bandari have not lost at home this season and they managed to maintain their home un-beaten run with an impressive 2-0 win over visiting Chemelil Sugar. Bandari are making a come back to the top league after a one year absence but have proved doubting detractors wrong with an impressive performance. It is worth noting that Bandari's great performance has always been pegged on the good form of certain individual players. When the team hit Sofapaka 2-0 three weeks ago, it was thanks to a brace by Eric Okoth. On Saturday, Shaban Kenga notched a double once again to help the porters pick their 23rd point of the season and sit comfortably in second position on the log. Kenga was outstanding through-out the fixture and remained an inspiration in 90minutes.

Paul Were-AFC Leopards

Prior to the top of the bill clash between Sofapaka and AFC Leopards, there were doubts about Paul Were's future at the den. The player was out of contract after his initial two year deal elapsed at the beginning of June. Were's availability was good news to Leopards’ opponents who aware of his quality attempted to sign him. Among the suitors was his former club Tusker. However, in the end Leopards convinced the winger to stay but not before offering him Sh300, 000 and it was worth every penny as the player scored a double to help Leopards claw Sofapaka 3-0. Were has proved a good buy for Leopards’, who bounced back to winning ways.

Jerim Onyango- Gor Mahia

For the second time, the Gor Mahia custodian deserves an honorable mention for keeping his side in the match as Gor won 2-1 against Karuturi Sports. For those who watched the match, Onyango's heroic saves made the difference between Gor picking all three points or returning home empty handed. As team captain, Onyango has continued to lead from the front and gets better with every match. Not only is he a good goalkeeper, but he is also a leader on the pitch. His performance begs the question of why he cannot command a starting place in the national team Harambee Stars.


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