Kenyans Abroad: Divock Origi features but Lille falls short follows the exploits of Kenyans playing their football outside of the country, in the top European leagues and beyond


Injured Victor Wanyama did not play any role in Celtic's 4-3 win over Arberdeen in a Scottish Premier League match played at Celtic Park on Saturday.

Wanyama, who has been called up to Harambee Stars squad for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Nigeria, appears not to have recovered from an injury he sustained when his side lost to Juventus 2-0 in a Champions League match two weeks ago.


Goalkeeper Arnold Origi was an unused substitute during Lillestrom 2-2 draw with Sarpsborg in a season opening Norwegian top flight match on Sunday.

Nils Kenneth was picked ahead of Origi. Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mark Elyounoussi scored a goal each for Sarpsborg while Petter Vaagan Moen and Thorstein Hel were the heroes for Lillestrom with a goal each.


Belgian-born Divock Origi, the son of former international Mike Okoth, was a second half substitute when his side Lille lost their French Ligue One match 2-1 against visiting Evian TG on Saturday night.

Ivorian Salomon Kalou put Lille ahead in the seventh minute but turned villian later in the match when he scored an own goal to hand the visitors three points.

The equalising goal for the winners was scored by Tunisian striker Saber Khalifa at the half hour mark. Lille is sixth in the 20-team log with 46 points from 29 games with Evian further down at 15th with 30 points.

Even without Kenyan captain Dennis Oliech, mid-table side Ajaccio held Marseille to a barren draw at home in a result that left the home fans furious.

Oliech, who is already in Nairobi for the March 23 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria, was suspended for the Friday night match in Marseille after picking a red card in the last Ajaccio match.


Injured Ayub Timbe was missing when his side Genk finished third in the 16 team Jupiler league when they thrashed Mons 5-1 on Saturday.

Timbe has been ruled out of this weekend's World Cup qualifier against Nigeria due to injury. On Saturday, it was the home team Mons that took the lead after just three minutes when Shlomi Arbeitman scored the opener.

Genk equalized with goals from Julien Gorius, Bennard Yao Kumordzi, Kim Ojo and  Benjamin De Ceulaer who scored twice.

Johanna Omollo did not feature for Germinal Beerschot when the team hit Cercle Brugge 3-1 in another Belgium top division match played on Saturday.

Omollo has been recalled to the national team Harambee Stars for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.


Humphrey Mieno inspired his Tanzanian side Azam to a 2-1 win over Liberian club Baracck Young Controllers in the second round Confederations Cup match played in Liberia on Sunday.

Mieno scored the equalizer for Azam in the 50th minute canceling a first half goal by their opponents.

In USA, defender Lawrence Olum was an unused substitute as his side Sporting Kansas City was held to a barren draw by visiting Chicago Fire in a Major League Soccer (MLS) match played on Saturday.

In Cape Town, South Africa, Brian Mandela's Santos collected  three valuable points when they edged out FC Cape Town 2-1 in a local derby at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday night.

The Kenyan international was in the starting line up as his side moved upto fourth spot on the standings.

Santos were first on the score-sheet, former Bafana Bafana defender Nasief Morris keeping his cool to slot home a penalty kick just after the half hour mark.

Edwin Sitatayi then notched his fifth league goal of the campaign five minutes after the restart. But Joseph Lekata, back at FC Cape Town after a spell at AmaZulu, made it a nervous last half an hour for Santos after he pulled a goal back.

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