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KPL season wrap: Nicholas Kipkirui and the young players who left a mark

16:23 GMT+3 05/06/2019
Nicholas Kipkirui and Jacques Tuyisenge of Gor Mahia.
Goal parades six young players who shone from the just-concluded season, which saw Gor Mahia retain the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title

Gor Mahia produced another remarkable campaign to retain the KPL for the 2018/19 season with two matches to spare.

Meanwhile, Mount Kenya United and Vihiga United were relegated to the lower tier – the National Super League – while Posta Rangers will have to try to keep their status via the play-offs.

Below, Goal parades the six youngsters who performed beyond fans' expectations.

  • Geoffrey Ochieng of Gor Mahia v RS Berkane.

    #1 Geoffrey Ochieng - Gor Mahia

    A knee injury to Ugandan left back Shafik Batambuze meant that Ochieng was thrown into the deep end. After a shaky start, he went on to up his game in continental matches. He has gone on to stabilize himself and if he consistently delivers, Gor Mahia will find a solution in the left back position.

  • Nicholas Kipkirui of Gor Mahia scores past Ezekiel Owade of AFC Leopards.

    #2 Nicholas Kipkirui - Gor Mahia

    The former Zoo Kericho winger has been a hit at K’Ogalo and is touted to be one of the best players in the coming seasons. He was instrumental in Gor Mahia's progression to the quarter-finals of the Caf Confederation Cup and finished the KPL season with nine goals.

  • Mathare United v Sony Sugar.

    #3 Derrick Otanga - Sony Sugar

    His 2018/19 exploits have placed him on top of most club’s wanted lists. He is young, skilled and ambitious and the 13 goals he scored helped the Sugar Millers to a top five finish. If he maintains his form next season, football fans in the country will have every reason to smile.

  • John Avire of Sofapaka

    #4 John Avire - Sofapaka

    The Sofapaka youngster has sprouted this season under the tutelage of coach John Baraza. His seven goals for Batoto ba Mungu and consistent man of the match performances resulted in him sealing a place in Harambee Stars' provisional squad for the Afcon. 

  • David Majak of Tusker and Joackins Atudo of Posta Rangers.

    #5 David Majak - Tusker

    Majak is currently the talk of the town; he has hit the ground running while at Tusker. The 19-year-old came in as a free agent from relegated side Mount Kenya United and he had an immediate impact for the Robert Matano led side. In the past two months or so, he has managed to score six goals for the Brewers.

  • Timothy Otieno of Tusker v Johnstone Omurwa of Mathare United.

    #6 Johnston Omurwa - Mathare United

    The Mathare United centre back started the season well and helped his team to go top of the 18-team KPL table. A good game reader with the ability to stop opposition attacks on their tracks, he helped the Slum Boys to a sixth-place finish with 55 points.