Goal.com follows the exploits of Kenyans playing their football outside of the country, in the top European leagues and beyondBy Otieno Otieno
It was a great weekend for Kenyan players abroad with at least two of them scoring for their clubs in a move that should excite Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche ahead of the June 5 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria at home.
After sitting out last weekend’s Scottish league match due to suspension, midfielder Victor Wanyama came back to score one of the goals which helped his side Celtic to edge out Dundee 4-3 in a Scottish Cup semi-final match played at the Hampden Park on Saturday.
Wanyama scored in the 31st minute to level matters for his club after Mackay Steven and Jonathan Daly had scored for Dundee in the 22nd and 24th minutes respectively.It was however, Celtic who scored first through Kris Commons in the second minute of the match. Commons also scored again in the 60th minute with Anthony Stokes scoring an extra time goal to ensure Celtic made it to the finals.
This was however, after Daly had scored Dundee’s third goal in the 71st minute to level matters and send the game into extra time.
Goalkeeper Arnold Origi’s club Lillestrom won 2-0 against Brann though the Kenyan custodian did not play any role in the match as he was benched through-out the 90 minutes.
Captain Dennis Oliech started for his side Ajaccio after the team was held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Nancy at home. Oliech did not however, finish the match as he was substituted late giving way to Andy Delort.
Midfielder Divock Origi was a second half substitute when Lille drew 0-0 with Olympic Marseille in another French ligue one match. Origi is the son of former Kenyan international Mike Okoth.
Though he did not score, former Gor Mahia striker George Odhiambo played a key role as his club Shirak hit Ararat 3-1 in a local league match on Saturday.
Odhiambo provided an assist for Senagal midfielder Yoro Lamine Ly to score the opening goal in the 29th minute. Odhiambo joined the Armenian side two months ago and has already scored a goal for them.
Humphrey Mieno scored a 72nd minute equalizer for Azam as the team held former champions Simba SC 2-2 in a Tanzanian league match played on Sunday.
Simba went ahead early with two goals from Ramadhan Singano before Kipre Tcheteche pulled one back for Azam a few minutes to the break.
Then it was left to Mieno to score the equalizer and enable his team to remain second in the standing behind Yanga.Follow Goal.com Kenya on