Ulinzi Stars striker Enosh Ochieng will not need to share part of his KSh 250,000 top prize for finishing as the 2018/19 Kenyan Premier League top scorer.
Ochieng was awarded KSh 250,000 during the LG/Sports Journalist Association of Kenya (SJAK) awards for his 20 league goals for the soldiers.
However, a late decision by the KPL’s Independent Disciplinary Complaint and Appeals Committee (IDCC) on Thursday, August 22, slashed two goals off his season tally.
This meant there were three joint top scorers last season; Ulinzi’s Enosh Ochieng, Sofapaka’s Umaru Kasumba and Kakamega Homeboyz’s Allan Wanga.
Ochieng scored a hat-trick in Ulinzi’s 4-0 win over Mount Kenya United in the final match of the season to finish a goal ahead of Wanga while Ugandan international Kasumba had 17 goals.
But IDCC’s ruling, that also awarded Wanga’s goal against AFC Leopards to Jairus Adira as an own goal, means that there were three joint top scorers last season.
“No. The awards stay as they were,” Mike Okinyi, SJAK Secretary General explained when asked of the implication of the IDCC ruling.
Ochieng also won a similar amount during the KPL gala, but it is not yet known of the decision the league runners will take after the ruling by their own independent body.
The decision also saw Ulinzi drop to 10th on the log after they were awarded the game against Mount Kenya 2-0.
Story by Elvince Joshua, TUKO Correspondent.