Kenyan Premier League - Top 5 Players of 2020
Kenyan Football| 05.07.2020
Although the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has been halted, this doesn’t end there. We take a look back at some of the players who have bedazzled us with top displays in the KPL this season. The KPL featured a tight title race before the pandemic induced suspension as Tusker FC sought to unseat perennial champions, Gor Mahia. Although it wasn’t successful, it was good to see some high competition and the fans sure benefited from this awesome performance. Now that the Football Federation has declared Gor Mahia as champions of the KPL, let’s look at the top 5 players in the Kenyan Premier League this season.
1. Timothy Otieno
In first place on this list is Timothy Otieno of Tusker FC, who led his team’s campaign from the front with his ever-present goalscoring form. Once on the books of Gor Mahia as a youngster, he was let go for failing to fulfill potential. Timothy is passed that now, finishing the season with a tally of 14 goals that sat him atop the highest goalscorer’s list. Timothy has shown no signs of relenting as he’s got his eyes set on the coveted KPL Golden Boot. He has featured twice for the Harambee stars, scoring once. Being only 25, he’s got age on his side, and he is destined to take the league by storm once it resumes. This is a player to keep an eye on for seasons to come. A transfer abroad is definitely on the horizon if he continues his blistering form.
2. Joash Onyango
In second place is 27-year-old Joash Onyango, who features in the heart of the Gor Mahia defense. His big displays and defensive awareness came in handy for Gor Mahia this season, as they have one of the lowest conceding rates in the league. Onyango’s shows have not gone unnoticed with Tanzanian Simba FC reportedly interested in securing his services. He made his debut for the Kenyan national team in 2015 and also featured at the 2019 African Nations Cup.
3. John Mark Makwatta
Markwatta is an experienced, right-footed center forward who can also play on the wings. His versatility ranks him above his peers as he sometimes plays as a supporting striker or winger. Before leaving for Zesco Utd in the Zambian league, Markwatta starred for AFC Leopards and netted 13 goals. The 2016 golden boot winner scored the number of goals ever recorded in a KPL season with 15 goals and would surely have set another but for his departure. He’s known for his trademark freekicks and made his national team debut in 2016.
4. Enock Agwanda
The former Sony Sugar forward made the switch to KCB FC ahead of the season and continued the form that made him captain at his old team. The 26-year-old striker put pen to paper on a two-year deal and hasn’t disappointed fans and pundits alike, contributing a total of 12 goals to KCB’s league campaign.
5. Benson Omala
Rounding off this list is a form three student that has proved his doubters and critics wrong. Despite only being a teenager, Omala made his entry into the Kenyan Premier League look like a walk in the park. He is tied in fourth place on the scoring charts. The 17-year-old has broken into public glare after scoring 9 goals in his debut season. He talks of big boys Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards snooping around is proof of his prolific nature. The player himself has wasted no time in indicating that he’d love to feature for either of these teams before making a foray into Europe, where he’d love to play for Manchester United. While Western Stima will want to die down such a promising talent, they face a huge battle as Omala’s profile continues to grow.
Here you have it, guys, your top five players in the KPL. While the suspension is an unfortunate but necessary decision, these players are definitely itching to get back out there and play. You should definitely watch out for these players next season as they continue to do what they love most.