KPL Golden Boot record at stake as Elvis Rupia leads the way

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Rupia, who has rubbished any talks of a move away from the Sugar belt side, has so far hit the back of the 15 times

The 2017 Kenyan Premier League record of 17 goals scored by a single player is on the line with close to a dozen rounds of matches to play.

Former Kariobangi Sharks striker Masoud Juma won the Golden KPL Golden Boot record at stake having hit the back of the net 17 times.  

Nzoia Sugar striker Elvis Rupia is just two goals shy of equaling Masoud’s record with his impressive run of form and conversion skill this season.

Rupia, who has rubbished any talks of a move away from the Sugar belt side, has so far hit the back of the 15 times.

And with a conversion rate of 1.2 goals per game, the Nzoia Sugar forward may break the 2017 record should he see off the season with any KPL side.

Rupia will be up next in action against defending champions Gor Mahia when Nzoia hosts the league leaders in Kisumu.

Even though Sunday’s clash will bring two sides that are separated by 10 points and eight places on the table, the battle will be between Rupia and K’Ogalo’s leading scorer Meddie Kagere.

Kagere is trailing Rupia by nine goals but the Rwandan striker, who, just like Rupia, is also linked with a move away from the champions, has been finding the back of the net more often recently.

Kagere scored his eighth league goal against Wazito at Moi Stadium, the venue for Sunday’s clash to add to four he scored in the Super Cup tournament where he led Gor Mahia to a successful title defence.  

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The Kenyan Premier League record of highest number of goals scored by a single player in one season is also in the line should Rupia keeps on with his good run of form.

Former Tusker striker Boniface Ambani jointly holds the KPL record of 26 goals, alongside former Gor Mahia striker Maurice ‘Sonyi’ Ochieng, who hit the target in 1976.

Ambani equalled the record in 2006 while playing for Tusker and no KPL player has come close to challenging the 12-year record.

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