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Key talking points from week five of Kenyan Premier League

13:49 EAT 05/03/2018
Goal takes a keen look at the events that dominated the week including two hat-tricks and a big harvest for AFC Leopards

Kenyan Premier League entered round five with 22 goals being scored from the nine matches that were spread all over country.

Goal takes a keen look at the events that dominated the week including two hat-tricks and a big harvest for AFC Leopards.

  • Wellington Ochieng of Gor Mahia.

    #1 Win and lose for Gor Mahia

    Gor Mahia opened up a two-point gap between them and second placed Mathare United, thanks to Thika United, who held the ‘Slum Boys’ to a 1-1 draw at the Thika Sub-County. Gor Mahia beat Bandari 2-0 but the result came with hidden cost after the champions’ lost key defender Wellington Ochieng’, who was pulled out with a knee injury. Ochieng’ may be ruled out of the remainder of the first leg, starting with a Caf Champions League match against Esperance from Tunisia on Wednesday.

  • ERIC KAPAITO of Kariobangi Sharks.

    #2 Rare double hat-tricks

    Elvis Rupia ended Nzoia Sugar’s five-match winless streak with a hat-trick against Kakamega Homeboyz. The Millers had gone for four matches without a single victory but Rupia closed that chapter with three goals for the Bernard Mwalala coached side in a 3-1 win. Former Talanta striker Eric Kapaito also knocked Wazito’s goal thrice to hand Kariobangi Sharks a convincing victory over the league debutants. Kapaito scored Sharks’ second goal before returning with a brace in the other period to hand Sharks a 4-1 win.

  • AFC Leopards celebrate against Sony Sugar.j

    #3 AFC keep clean sheet

    Robert Matano was missing from the technical area when AFC Leopards paraded against a resolute Sony Sugar. Many had given Ingwe very little chance of picking a meaningful result on the road considering their poor record away in Awendo. But despite playing without the suspended first-team coach, Ingwe stunned Salim Babu’s charges with a 2-0 victory to keep their first clean sheet in the domestic competition since November 12, 2017. The win saw Ingwe move to top eight for the first time this season, to occupy position seven on seven points, five below leaders Gor Mahia.

  • Nzoia Sugar players.

    #4 Goals galore

    Only one of the nine weekend matches failed to register a single goal even as another Kariobangi Sharks player took control of the Golden Boot race. Kapaito scored his second hat-trick to take his goals tally to six and it remains to be seen whether Sharks will produce another top scorer after Masoud Juma dominated the score sheet last season. All the matches, except Nakumatt versus Vihiga United, produced the 22 goals scored over the weekend.