Kenya Player of the Week: Peter Opiyo-AFC Leopards

The former Tusker FC midfielder was named man of the match after scoring a stunning goal against Sofapaka to help Ingwe move third in the standings
Kenya Player of the Week
Peter 'Pinchez' Opiyo
AGE 29
TEAM AFC Leopards
AFC Leopards
1-0 Sofapaka FC

If anyone doubted why AFC Leopards paid Sh850, 000 to sign Opiyo from Tusker then those doubts should have evaporated after his outstanding performance against Sofapaka on Sunday. Opiyo, who was rightly named man of the match, scored a stunning goal in the 57th minute to give his side a massive win that pushed them to third on the log. He beat Duncun Ochieng in goal on the turn after being fed by Paul Were in a move that could only have come from a player of his calibre. At Tusker, the player failed to play after falling out with coach Robert Matano though everyone believed he always had what it takes to shine at the highest level. Opiyo will be happy that finally he is getting plenty of playing time and can now justify his inclusion in the national team Harambee Stars.

Congratulations to Peter 'Pinchez' Opiyo's 11th Kenya Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Keneth Wendo - Mathare Utd

Keneth Wendo has found his scoring touch since joining Mathare United. He was initially at Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker but hardly commanded a starting place in the line up forcing him to move during the June transfer window. In his short time at United, he has proved that what he needed was playing time to start scoring goals. On Sunday, he scored one of the two goals by his club as his side picked a point from KCB. Wendo also set up the other goal allowing Francis Ouma to score United's opener. Wendo had also scored twice when United and KCB drew 2-2 in the first leg and looks like what the doctor prescribed for the ‘slum boys’, who have finally found a natural finisher.

Dennis Onkangi- W. Stima

Since the season started Onkangi had not scored even a single goal for Western Stima despite being one of the team's top strikers. On Sunday, the player exploded by scoring two goals as his club clobbered Thika United 4-0 at home. This was second biggest defeat by United who just two weeks ago went down 4-1 to AFC Leopards and also ended Stima's losing streak putting them on what is expected to be a recovery path. With those two goals Onkangi is expected to have great motivation ahead of his side's future fixtures and coach Francis Barasa will be glad to have more scoring options as the league enters a crucial stage.

Paul Kiongera- Gor Mahia

For the second week in a row, Kiongera receives a honorable mention for leading his side to a fourth consecutive victory against Karuturi Sports on Saturday. Though he did not score, Kiongera was clearly at his true element and was behind every move towards goal by his club as he set up the first goal for Kevin Omondi to score in the 17th minute. Once again Kiongera who moved to Gor Mahia on loan from KCB, proved his worth to the club and just seems to be getting better with every match. Before Saturday's match, Kiongera had scored two goals in two matches clearly marking himself out as one of the top scorers. Kiongera remains a key ingredient in the club's ambition to win the 2013 title.


Each week our team of writers will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by Kenya, who deserves recognition for achieving something special that matchday.

You can also help us choose a worthy recipient of the weekly accolade by leaving your nominations and comments. Your suggestions will be taken into consideration.

It won't necessarily be the best player in the country - at least not usually - but whoever we crown will have accomplished something amazing. It might be for a particularly awesome performance or for something praiseworthy off the pitch - either way, the person in question deserves special attention...