2010 KPL Top Scorers on a Dry Spell

May 10, 2021

Ten matches down, 2010 Kenyan Premier League top three scorers are finding their exploits of last season a tough act to follow.

Quite literally, for John Baraza, Ezekiel Odera and Allan Otindo, the boot is on the other foot.

For two successive seasons, Sofapaka’s Baraza has been the winner of the coveted golden boot award, but this season the diminutive striker has been firing blanks.

His match-winning goal against DR Congo’s St. Eloi Lupopo on Sunday in the CAF Confederations Cup was only his second of the season in all competitions. His other goal came in last week’s KPL Top 8 clash with Western Stima.

His paltry goal tally is a far cry from the astounding 14 goals that he bagged each of the last two seasons.

At Gor Mahia, things aren’t any rosier for Odera who came second behind Baraza with 12 goals. 

After being granted his burning wish to don K’Ogalo’s resplendent green jersey, Odera was widely touted as the natural successor of crowd favourite George “Blackberry” who was on his way out to the paid ranks in Europe.

But the former KCB striker has been a huge disappointment. Alcatel has neither flirted to impress nor held down a permanent starting place in Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno’s first eleven.

If being reduced to an auxiliary player with the occasional cameo appearance is not bad enough, Odera has had to endure the frustration of being the subject of the fans’ brickbats.

Though he recently broke his duck to end a nine-game goal drought, he still has to prove his net worth in the team.

Ironically, the little known Clifford Alwanga has been hogging all the headlines at Odera’s former club KCB for his goal-scoring feat (no pun intended).

Otindo’s story is more heartrending. His free-scoring form at Karuturi Sports last season captured the attention champions Ulinzi Stars at the end of the season.

But the military team’s attempt to woo him into their barracks fell through under unclear circumstances. Otindo returned back to the Naivasha-based club and has since been confined to the periphery of James Nandwa’s team.

 

Steven Omondi

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