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Goal.com follows the exploits of Kenyans playing their football outside of the country, in the top European leagues and beyond


SCOTLAND

Victor Wanyama did not feature as Celtic were left to settle for a share of the spoils against Ross County in the Highlands after Anthony Stokes' early strike was cancelled out by Iain Vigurs.
 
The Irishman fired a much-changed Hoops side in front after reacting sharply from Kris Commons' corner. However, Vigurs restored parity for the Staggies with a brilliant strike from 25 yards which left Lukasz Zaluska with no chance.
 
Fraser Forster, Charlie Mulgrew, Gary Hooper and Georgios Samaras were unavailable for selection, having been given time off this week following the clinching of the championship, and the manager had subsequently rang the changes.
 
There were eight new faces from the team who had started against Motherwell the previous weekend, with Zaluska, Rami Gershon, Kelvin Wilson, Dylan McGeouch, Efe Ambrose, Joe Ledley, Commons and Stokes coming into the side.
 
ARMENIA



George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo is poised to become the fourth Kenyan player to feature in the prestigious UEFA Champions League after his side Shirak FC won the Armenian league.

Shirak will be Armenian representatives in the Champions League next season and Odhiambo, who has signed a three year deal with the club, has an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of Europe’s top players.

The other Kenyans who have played in Europe’s top competition include Dennis Oliech with Auxerre. Macdonald Mariga with Inter-Milan and Victor Wanyama (Celtic).

FRANCE
Captain Dennis Oliech’s AC Ajaccio continues to struggle in the French Ligue One  after being held to a 1-1 draw by  Stade de Reims on Sunday.

The result however, did little to help both teams in their quest to survive relegation. Ajaccio took the lead after Johan Cavalli picked up Dennis Oliech's pass and shot at goal but it was parried  by Kossi Agassa into the path of Adrian Mutu who scored to pick up his 11th goal of the season.

Dojovic Origi, the son of former international Mike Okoth, did not feature for his side Lille who lost 4-2 to Toulouse away.

CANADA

Paul Kihara’s Kingstone FC hammered Brampton United 6-2 as the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) kicked-off on Sunday.

The Kenyan, who has shown a desire to play for the national team Harambee Stars, featured in the match though he did not score. Stars assistant coach James Nandwa has confirmed they are monitoring the player and may call him for the up-coming World Cup qualifier against Nigeria.

“We are looking at several players and he remains a possibility to be called up for the Nigeria match,” said Nandwa.

BELGIUM

Midfielder Ayub Timbe played his second match for KRC Genk when the team hammered Zulte-Waregem 4-0 in a Championship play-off fixture away on Friday.

Timbe has just recovered from a long term injury that has kept him out of the national team Harambee Stars.

Kevin Kimani a former Kenyan Premier League player of the year, failed to earn promotion to the second tier Belgian league and will stay for another season at the bottom with Bocholt.

In Tanzania, It was the end of the road at the continental scene for internationals Jockins Atudo and Humphrey Mieno after their club Azam was dumped out of the Confederations Cup by Morocco’s FAR Rabat when they lost 2-1.

Before the match, Azam were required to score and avoid losing to be able to reach the next round of the competition after they were held to a barren draw in the first leg. Both Atudo and Mieno featured in the match.

NORWAY
Goalkeeper Arnold Origi’s Lillestrom beat Grorud 4-2 to proceed to the third round of the Norwegian Cupen Cup.

The match was tied 2-2 at the end of full time forcing it to go into extra time. Origi, who joined Lillestrom last year, did not play any role in the match and admitted in an interview that it is frustrating for him to sit on the bench week in week out.

“I must continue to work hard during training and hope that I will break into the team soon.”

In USA, Kansas City hammered Chivas 4-0 in an American Major League Soccer (MLS) match on Monday but the winners were without Kenyan defender Patrick Olum.

Olum started from the bench but he never got an opportunity to come in as a second half substitute.

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