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Nakumatt striker closing in on KPL Golden Boot leader

14:40 GMT+3 12/09/2017
Kepha Aswani celebrates
Kepha Aswani, who came in as a substitute to score a brace in Nakumatt’s 2-0 win against Post Rangers, took his tally to 10

Nakumatt FC striker Kepha Aswani is piling pressure on Kenyan Premier League top scorer Stephen Waruru.

Aswani, who came in as a substitute to score a brace in Nakumatt’s 2-0 win against Post Rangers over the weekend, took his goal tally to 10, just one less that Waruru, who has gone five games without hitting the back of the net.

While the race for the Golden Boot is still wide open, with Mathare United’s Chrispin Oduor joining the fray in third place with nine goals as well as Sofapaka duo of Umaru Kasumba and Ezekiel Okare both have eight; the battle for the best scorer will be won on some interesting facts.

    Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars) - 11  Goals

Waruru is deadliest in an aerial ball, having scored thrice with his head compared to Aswani’s one. The former AFC Leopards man, however, is more lethal with his right foot.

Aswani has converted with his right foot more than any player in the league this campaign, nine times to be precise, compared to Waruru’s eight goals coming from the right foot. 

None of the top two contenders have scored with their left foot. Aswani also has a better' point winning goal' record for Nakumatt compared to Waruru’s three for Ulinzi Stars.

   Chrispin Oduor (Mathare United) – Nine goals  

Waruru’s goals came from open play though Aswani has scored once from the spot. Four of Oduor's goals are from the penalty spot and he will need many of such opportunities to keep up with the pace.

Interestingly, none of the top two scorers have ever created a chance for their team mates to score.

Zoo FC’s Bernard Odhiambo, who has three goals to his name, is by far the most selfless player in the league, having created nine chances for his team mates followed by Ulinzi Stars’ Daniel Waweru with eight assists.

    Umaru Kasumba (Sofapaka) - 8 goals

Top scorers: Stephen Waruru (Ulinzi Stars)- 11 Goals; Kepha Aswani (Nakumatt) - 10  Goals; Chrispin Oduor (Mathare United) – Nine goals; Umaru Kamura (Sofapaka) - Eight goals; Ezekiel Okare (Sofapaka) – Eight goals; Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo) - Seven goals; Meddie Kagere (Gor Mahia) - Seven goals; Jacques Tuyisenge (Gor Mahia)- Seven goals; Michael Madoya (Zoo) – Seven goals; Amos Asembeka (SoNy Sugar) – Six Goals and Dennis Mukaisi (Posta Rangers) - Six.