We look at how one prodigal son of Kenyan football might be key to any hopes that Top Fry Nakuru Allstars have of surviving relegation from the Kenya Premier League.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Top Fry Nakuru have undoubtedly been the whipping boys in the Kenya Premier League over the last two seasons. They have succumbed to huge losses but they have also given us many enjoyable moments such as defeating defending champions Gor Mahia last season in Nakuru. However pundits and critics alike have been rather impressed by the fight they have mounted in the latter part of this season as they try to beat the drop.
Despite being rooted to the bottom of the league they have played some amazing football though the results have been bittersweet. They started with a painful 3-2 loss against Ulinzi stars in Nakuru where they gave their best a few weeks ago. They however managed to claw AFC Leopards a few days later by a 2-1 margin in Nairobi before drawing with the league’s top two sides, Sofapaka and Gor Mahia. They also bear the great distinction of being one of the few teams to draw points from Gor Mahia who are currently unbeaten and are playing some wonderful football.
Key to their recent gains is one Patrick Onyango Oboya, a name that die hard Harambee stars supporters will remember for his service to the national team. The forward was a permanent fixture in the Harambee stars squad some time back and also played abroad (as far as Slovakia and Vietnam) before eventually coming back home where Gor Mahia snapped him up but used him sparingly. He went to Tusker in search of game time but he was usurped to a starting position by the prolific Jesse Were. In the June transfer season he relocated to All-stars to try and regain his fitness levels which had dropped from time on the side lines.
He made his first mark on the KPL with a sublime winner against AFC Leopards after coming from the bench. He then continued with his rich goal scoring form with a brace against Sofapaka. He also put in a decent shift against Gor Mahia in their 1-1 draw.
Oboya’s combination with Nnamba Bebeto and Boniface Akenga in the All-stars front line seems to be kicking in the goals in the late stage of the season as Top Fry who have 15 points will be hoping for more wins to topple City Stars who have 17 points and Chemelil sugar and KCB who both have 21 points.
Despite the endless months of consecutive losses, Top Fry fans have something to hold on to as the team’s renewed vigor could lead them to avoid relegation.