Goal.com follows the exploits of Kenyans playing their football outside of the country, in the top European leagues and beyond
Victor Wanyama returned from injury to inspire Southampton to a 3-0 win over Fulham in Saturday's English Premier League fixture. Wanyama has been out for the last two months and his return left Southampton coach Mauricio Pochettino impressed by his performance. “We have the return of Wanyama, who is very solid and gives us good defensive cover so we do not concede goals. With him, we are a different team.” The Saints boss believes that Wanyama's return will help his club to finish among top six by the end of this season. Three goals in 12 second-half minutes from Saints’ England trinity Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, and Jay Rodriguez secured the victory.
Dennis Oliech's club AC Ajaccio drew 1-1 against Evian TG to remain bottom of the French Ligue one. Oliech, who recently returned to the team after a long term injury, was on the pitch for 57 minutes before being withdrawn. It was Evian, who scored first in the 85th minute through Marco Ruben before Ajaccio got their equalizer in full time through Tallo Ageto. Kenyan born Divock Origi was a second half substitute when his club Lille lost 1-0 to Nice in another French Ligue one fixture.
After scoring in a friendly match on his debut, midfielder Francis Kahata played for 90 minutes as FK Tirana were held to a barren draw by Kastrioti Kruje in a top tier match on Saturday. Kahata joined the club two weeks ago on an initial six month deal that will be increased if he is impressive during the time something he already looks ready to do after scoring in last weekend's friendly match. He is the third Kenyan to play for Albania after James Situma and Moses Arita. FK Tirana remains at the bottom of Albanian league following the draw.
Former Gor Mahia defender Donald Mosoti continued to enjoy success with Tanzanian giants Simba and on Saturday was on the pitch as his new side crushed JKT Oljoro 4-0 in a Vodacom league match. Mosoti has now featured in all league matches for Simba after joining the club last month. Jonas Mkudde scored the opener for Simba in the tenth minute before paving the way for Amisi Tambwe to net a hat-trick in the 22nd, 30th and 52nd minutes. The win leaves Simba in fourth position on the log after collecting 30 points.
Patrick Osiako was on the pitch for 82 minutes when his club Simurq PIK were thrashed 3-0 by Neftci in an Azerbaijan top league match played on Sunday. Osiako started in the match before being substituted by Raul Costin with eight minutes to go. Neftci got their goals through Ernest Webnje, who scored a brace and Cavid Imam, who added one. The defeat leaves Simurq in seventh position on the log with 25 points. It was the 16th match for Osiako since the season started.
Edwin Lavatsa featured for 21 minutes as MC Alger went down 1-0 to Ain Fakroun in a top Algerian Ligue 1 match played on Saturday at the Stade des Freres Demane Debih. Mohamed Amroune scored the all important goal in 73rd minute after a barren first half. The former Gor Mahia forward came on in the 69th minute to replace Bougueche, four minutes later, Fakroun broke the dead lock thanks to Amroune strike.