Kenyans abroad: Oliech fails to inspire Auxerre as Wanyama's Celtic drop crucial points

Attacking midfielder Jerry Santos began his 2012 season in the Tanzania Vodacom league positively after scoring Coastal Union's winning goal

Kenyan international and Scottish holding midfielder Victor Mugubi Wanyamasuffered his first defeat of the season when Celtic fell to 2-1 to St. Johnstone in a Scottish league match played on Saturday.

Kris Commons fired the Hoops ahead in the fourth minute but that was cancelled out by Gregory Tade.

Mugubi who played the entire match, was booked for a harsh tackle on Craig Liam midway through the second half and the misery for Celtic coach Neil Lennon was completed by a composed finish from Rowan Vine ten minutes from time to deny the champions the three points.

The result, which ends Celtic's unbeaten start to this campaign, also sees the defending champions drop to third position on the SPL standings. Celtic's next assignment is a Champions’ League group stage opening tie at home to Portuguese side Benfica.


Kenyan skipper and AJ Auxerre hit man Dennis Oliech failed to inspire his club to a win after they were held by FC Istres to a barren draw in a French Ligue 2 match played on Friday at Stade Abbé Deschamps.

The well balanced encounter watched by close to 5,000 spectators saw Auxerre’s Christopher Jullien and Paul-Georges Ntep yellow carded.

Oliech started the match but was substituted in the 75th minute by Vincent Acapandie. Since the season began, Oliech has not found the back of the net but has made four assists more than any other player in the second tier Ligue.

The point picked leaves Auxerre at position nine of the log standing with 10 points. Dijon tops the log on 15 points. Auxerre’s next match will be an away trip to Guiongamp on Saturday.


Ayub Timbe featured for ten minutes as a second half substitute as his sideMKAA Genk were held at home to a 1-1 draw by visiting RS Waasland-Beveren in the Belgian Pro league on Saturday.

Vossen Gelle put Timbe’s side ahead in 7th minute before Gal Shish leveled matters in the 13th minute. With the match headed for a deadlock, Timbe was brought on board as Ceulaeri  Benjamin gave way but it was too little too late to redeem their  chances.

The point picked leaves Gent in position six on the log with 3 points, six behind leaders Club Brugge.

Another Kenyan ace Johanna Omollo formerly with Belgian giants Germinal Beerschot was in cloud nine after his new club Lommel United handed KVC Westerlo a 2-0 defeat.

Alessandro Cerigioni and Jentl Gaethofs scored the two goals for the visitors. Lommel are in position three in the second tier league with nine points, three shy of leaders Boussu Dour. Timbe’s next tie will be a home match against Sint-Truiden on Sunday.


The Kenyan attack minded midfielder Patrick "Armando" Osiako began on the bench as his club Hapoel Sheva was held at home by visiting Haoifa Macabi on Saturday in the Israeli league.

Tomers Suissa had put the visitors in a commanding lead when he shook the net in the 17th minute only for Shlomi Azilay to equalise for Maccabi Haifa in the 36th minute.

Osiako side’s is rooted at position nine in the 14 team table with three points from, three matches. Ashdod are jointly top with Hapoel Tel Aviv on nine points.

In Tanzania, Kenyan attacking midfielder Jerry Santos began the 2012 season in Tanzanian Vodacom league positively after helping his new club Coastal Union beat Mgambo JKT 1-0.

Santos scored the lone goal to give his side the three prized points. Santos next assignment will be on Wednesday when his ambitious side tackles Tanzania Prisons.

Another Kenyan international Pascal Ochieng did not feature as his side Simba SC began their title defense on a high thumping of African Lyon 3-0 at the national stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Emmanuel Okwi, Nassoro Masoud and new signing Daniel Akuffor were on target for the Msimbazi Reds, who now top the top flight league with three points after one match.

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