By Fred Maingi
Tusker premier League(TPL) top scorer John Barasa has attributed his current
performance owing to hard work and teamwork from the entire playing unit.
Speaking on phone after scoring his 18th goal of the
season, Barasa who scored the second goal that steered Sofapaka to a 2-1
triumph over Karuturi Sports thanked the Almighty for giving him energy to
contain the heavy pressure in the League.
Barasa who missed last weekends 2-1 loss to
Kenya Commercial Bank(KCB) at the Nairobi City Stadium dedicated the
winning goal to his young daughter who was buried last weekend.
“ Though I feel happy to emerge the top scorer, I will dedicate the
goal that has made all the difference to my family especially after losing my
lovely kid recently.I thank everyone who supported me including the
entire team and club President Elly Kalekwa for the encouragement they
gave me especially after the sad news.” Observed Barasa..
Barasa arguably the oldest and experienced striker in the
League declined to comment whether he will commit his future next season
“What I can say, I will be around.You will be able to see
me kicking the ball but I cant tell you which club I will be
playing.Hopefully I might stick around with Sofapaka” said he.
He has now overshadowed his Gor Mahia counterpart Dan
Sserunkuma for the Golden-boot title.The latter has scored 17 goals.
Last season, Ulinzi Stars forward Stephen Waruru emerged the best
scorer in the league with 12 goals to his credit
Despite his age, Baraza, who clinched the Golden Boot title in 2009 and 2010
has been in scintillating form and could go in the annals of history as
the oldest player to win the title.However,Maurice ‘Sonyi”Ochieng still remains
the highest scoring scorer in 1976 with 26 goals. Sonyi is the father to AFC
Leopards striker Victor Ochieng.
Thika United’s Kepha Aswani, Gor’s Rama Salim and Ulinzi Stars’ striker
Evans Amuoka are tied for third spot with twelve goals each.
Paul Kiongera of KCB is fourth after finishing the season with 11 goals, one
ahead of Mathare United’s hit-man Jesse Were
Thika United head coach John Kamau has paid tribute to his players for showing
maturity in their weekend 1-1 draw against League favourites Gor Mahia.
He lauded his youthful players saying they were capable of
maintaining pressure from Gor Mahia chanting fans who came with a fixed mind of
winning the match at all cost.He further praised the match officiating of
Damaris Kimani as superb saying it was worth to be emulated by other
“Her superb officiating made all the difference.Some few decisions
were wanting but basically, I’m happy with her officiating and I would urge
other whistlers to follow suit’ said a delighted Kamau after the match