FKF PL top scorers: Gor Mahia’s Omala in Golden Boot comanding lead
As the Football Kenya Federation Premier League season gathers speed, the Golden Boot race is expected to be as tight as last term.
There is going to be a new winner of the boot given that Elvis Rupia, who played for Kenya Police last season and won by a goal, left for Tanzania's Fountain Gate Stars.
Omala, who was the runners-up last season for scoring 26 goals, has so far scored four and has a two-goal gap between him and the second-placed Ezekiel Okare, Dan Wafula, Geoffrey Onyango, Jackson Macharia, and Peter Thiong'o.
Omala led for the better part of last season, but Rupia kept fighting, closed in on the K'Ogalo star, and eventually overtook him in the last match of the campaign.
Omala's form is greatly going to be impacted by the club's general performance. The former Kisumu Day Secondary School star must also fight to be in top form and keep his starting slot for the better part of the season.
Omala's closest rival at K'Ogalo is Patrick Kaddu, and both can be used interchangeably by head coach Johnathan McKinstry.
Of the seven goals Gor Mahia - second on the table - have scored thus far, Omala has contributed a huge chunk, and this underlines his great impact.
Bidco United's Okare has been phenomenal, although the club now lies in the sixth position, just outside the top four.
Ezekiel Akhulia's side has scored five goals, with Okare being their top scorer.
Kariobangi Sharks, third on the log, have found the back of the net four times, with Onyango netting half of them.
Onyango should draw inspiration from former Kariobangi Sharks players Masoud Juma and Erick Kapaito, who won the Golden Boot while serving the Eastlands club before.
Macharia and Thiong'o, teammates at Posta Rangers, each have scored two. They are in top form, just as the club also remains an impressive unit in the top flight.
Rangers, just like Gor Mahia, Bidco, and Kariobangi Sharks, are unbeaten this season, and the Mailmen look formidable, especially with the striking department showing sharpness.
Thiong'o and Macharia joined the John Kamau side before the season began from AFC Leopards and Tusker, respectively, and are poised, just as they have shown, to play key roles for their new club.
Both Okare and Geoffrey Onyango are in the Premier League's team of the week.