How Penalties Ruled KPL Matchday 1

A total of 16 goals were scored in the opening matchday of the 2016 Kenyan Premier League.

All but two of the eight matches played had goals in them with City Stars’ match against Bandari and Sofapaka’s clash with Ushuru FC producing the most goals, four.

Gor Mahia’s away match at Chemelil Sugar and Ulinzi Stars’ home game against Sony Sugar were the only fixtures that failed to produce a goal.

Of the 16 goals scored, six of them came from the penalty spot. Only one match that had goals (Posta Rangers versus Muhoroni Youth) did not witness a penalty with Timothy Otieno netting a brace for Posta who won the tie 2-0.

Kimera sent off

Ushuru FC’s Ali Kimera was the first goalkeeper to be sent off this season after he headbutted Sofapaka’s Oscar Oketh. Referee, Raymond Onyango, did not only dismiss the keeper but also awarded David Ouma’s side a penalty which was converted by Gerald Bagoole. The goal inspired a come-from-behind win for Sofapaka who had fallen behind to Roosevelt Blaty’s 12th minute opener.  Brian Nyakan and Heritier Luvualu scored two more goals in a 3-1 win for the much-shuffled Batoto ba Mungu.

AFC Leopards and Mathare United could not be separated for a third straight time as they shared a point in a 1-1 draw. The Slum Boys took an early lead through Obadiah Ndege but Ingwe rallied back and found their equalizer through a penalty from Andrew Tololwa.

Two penalties

Kakamega Homeboyz’ 2-1 win over Western Stima witnessed two penalties, one for each side. Frederick Shimonyo and Keiphas Matuu were both successful with their spot kicks for Stima and Homeboyz respectively with both coming after hand balls in the box. Matuu’s penalty proved to be the winner.

Sulleiman Ngotho was the guilty party for Thika United, his handball earning Tusker FC a penalty which Timonah Wanyonyi pushed in to level matters after Kennedy Otieno’s opener for the hosts. Mike Khamati scored the winner in a match the Brewers won 2-1.

Bandari and Nairobi City Stars closed the matchday one proceedings in their 2-2 draw and there was a penalty involved as well. The match’s referee David Mulongo awarded the Dockers a penalty just before the hour mark which Antony Kimani tucked home to double his tally having been denied an early chance to do so after his free-kick goal was controversially disallowed by the referee.

The only games that didn’t witness a penalty were Posta Rangers’ 2-0 win over Muhoroni Youth and Gor Mahia and Ulinzi Stars’ barren stalemates against Chemelil and Sony Sugar.

Crazy Stat: All but one (Ali Kimera’s) of the six penalties conceded came from a handball inside the box!

Matchday 2 Fixtures:

SAT 20-02-16 15:00 Ushuru FC vs Thika United    Nyayo Stadium

SAT 20-02-16 15:00 Tusker vs Ulinzi Stars    Machakos Stadium 

SAT 20-02-16 15:00 Muhoroni Youth vs Sofapaka    Muhoroni 

SUN 21-02-16 14:00 Mathare United vs Chemelil Sugar    Nyayo Stadium 

SUN 21-02-16 15:00 Western Stima vs City Stars    Moi Stadium 

SUN 21-02-16 15:00 Bandari FC vs KK Homeboyz   Mbaraki Stadium 

SUN 21-02-16 16:15 Gor Mahia vs Posta Rangers    Nyayo Stadium

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