Goal.com follows the exploits of Kenyans playing their football outside of the country, in the top European leagues and beyond
The new European season kicked-off at the weekend and teenage Kenyan forward Divock Origi scored as his club Lille beat Lorient 1-0 in a French Ligue one tie on Saturday. Origi, who has attracted the admiration of Kenyan coach Adel Amrouche, scored in the 13th minute to help his side bag maximum points. Origi is the son of former Kenyan international Mike Okoth and his goal came after a good show in the pre-season where he netted three goals. While Origi was inspiring his side to victory, Dennis Oliech's club Ajaccio were on the losing end of their Ligue one tie against St.Ettienne who secured a 1-0 win. Oliech a former captain of Harambee Stars, came on as a second half substitute after replacing Romanian star Adrian Mutu in the 74th minute.
Defender Tobias Ndungu was on the losing side as his Danish second tier side HB Koge fell 3-1 to Fredericia at home. The Kenyan played the entire 90 minutes. Despite going down, it was the home side, who went ahead early in the match scoring in the fifth minute through Delphin Tshiembe. The winning side took took less than twenty minutes to get back into the match courtesy of a Jesper Christiansen goal in the 24th minute. Another goal in the 38th minute by Thomas Mikkelsen took Fredericia ahead and Jesper Luth wrapped up the scores at the one hour mark to ensure his side kept up a good performance in their quest for promotion next season. After the huge win, Fredericia are placed third on the standings with seven points while HB Kog move to fifth on four points.
Victor Wanyama was handed another start when his English club Southampton clobbered Spanish club Real Sociedad 4-3 in their last pre-season match played on Saturday. Wanyama who recently signed a four year contract with the Saints, played just for one hour before he was pulled out for Ward Prowse. The Saints led 3-2 at the break with Wanyama credited for setting up the second goal for his new club. The Kenyan international, who had a commanding performance in the midfield, set up Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin to score the second goal and will be delighted by his performance ahead of the new season which kicks-off on August 17. The friendly was the sixth and final for the Saints.
Defender Lawrence Olumcame on in the 53rd minute as his club Sporting Kansas City hit New England Revolution 3-0 in a Major Soccer League (MLS) match at the former's backyard. It was just the 13th appearance for Olum this season and one of the most successful as his side is now top of the Eastern Conference on 39 points after playing 24 matches. For victory, Kei Kamara scored a double in the 27th and 50th minutes respectively before Benny Feilhaber added the third in the 90th minute.
Patrick Osiako’s new club Simurq Zaqalata managed to pick a priceless point after drawing 0-0 against Khazar Lenkoran in an Azerbaijan Premyer Liqa match played on Sunday.Follow Goal.com Kenya on