By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)
Kariobangi Sharks produced the Kenyan Premier League topscorer for a second season running as their leading marksman Eric Kapaito got the all important solitary goal that broke a three-man tie for the 2018 accolade.
As the 2018 KPL season ushered in its final day this past Sunday, two questions needed to be answered: which team will join Thika United and Wazito FC in relegation, and which individual will take the golden boot, the golden glove for most clean sheets having long been won by Bandari’s Faruk Shikalo.
Kapaito was tied with Gor Mahia’s Jacques Tuyisenge and former Nzoia Sugar man Elvis Rupia (who set the target of 15 goals then left for Zambia), as Zoo Kericho’s Mike Madoya breathed heavily down the trio’s necks with 14. Sharks hosted Chemelil while Gor were away at Tusker as Zoo welcomed Sofapaka at the Green Stadium.
It was not to be for Tuyisenge and Madoya, the former cutting a frustrated figure upfront as Kogalo lost 1-0 to Tusker while Madoya’s Zoo settled for a barren stalemate against Sofapaka.
With both matches finishing earlier than Sharks’, it was down to Kapaito to deliver where his rivals on the day failed and so he did as he scored the goal that earned Sharks a 1-1 result against Chemelil who netted their equalizer through Lucas Waitere.
The former FC Talanta man finished on 16 goals, a third of Sharks’ season tally of 48. This fell only one short of last season’s winner, Masud Juma who was also donning the all yellow Sharks jersey and finished the season with 17 goals which earned him a move to South Africa’s Cape Town City which flopped.