KPL season wrap: The five best players in the KPL

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As the Kenyan Premier League 2018/19 season came to a close, Goal assesses the best five players who had an amazing impact for their teams

Gor Mahia produced another remarkable performance to clinch the 2018/19 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title with two matches to spare.

On the other hand, Vihiga United and Mount Kenya United were relegated to the lower tier – the National Super League – while Posta Rangers will have to play in a two-legged play-off against the team that finishes third in the NSL, to keep their status in the top flight.

Below, Goal parades some of the players who should fight it out for the KPL Player of the Year Award after putting up a stellar display for their respective clubs in the entire season.

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    Farouk Shikalo- Bandari (Goalkeeper)

    Shikalo has been the ever-present starter in Bandari's starting XI and is hugely responsible for the team's amazing run of fine form in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) as he managed to keep 12 cleansheets and conceded only 29 goals.

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    Harun Shakava- Gor Mahia (Defender)

    Won his fifth KPL title at K'Ogalo and has always been starting at the heart of the club's defense. His towering figure has always been an advantage and he ensured the team leaked the least number of goals, 25, in the season.

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    Francis Kahata- Gor Mahia (Midfielder)

    The most outstanding creative midfielder in the league and has always proved a headache to opponents who have struggled to stop him from either opening up firm defenses or producing defense-splitting passes from both the middle and the flanks.

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    Allan Wanga - Kakamega Homeboyz (Striker)

    The most lethal striker in KPL for the 2018/19 season with 18 goals, never let added responsibilities at Kakamega Homeboyz derail his mission of hitting the back of the net for the club. He was the player-cum-coach before Nicholas Muyoti was appointed at the helm.

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    Nicholas Kipkirui - Gor Mahia (Striker)

    Had little time to settle at the club, having made the switch from Zoo Kericho FC at the end of last season and finished as the leading goalscorer for the KPL champions with nine goals, one more than second-placed Samuel Onyango.