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Divock Origi was a second half substitute as his side Lille went down 2-0 to Nice in a French ligue one fixture on Sunday. Both goals were scored by Argentine striker Dario Cvitanich in the 20th and 45th minutes respectively. Origi came on in 57th minute earning his fifth appearance in the league. Former Kenyan captain Dennis Oliech did not play when his side Ajaccio fell again 3-2 to Evian TG on Sunday. Oliech, who played 90 minutes for Kenya in their 1-0 win over Namibia last Sunday, has now failed to feature for Ajaccio in three matches.
Goalkeeper Arnold Origi is still injured and therefore, missed out on Lillestrom’s 2-1 win over Sogndal in Norway’s top flight fixture. Origi will be out of action for the next four weeks and is only expected to come back mid next month. Peter Moen opened the scoring in the 15th minute for Lillestorm but seven minutes on Sogndal leveled through Senegalese striker Malick Mane. Two minutes later Johan Rickard Andersson scored the third goal of the evening – and winner for Lillestrom. The weekend win improved Lillestrom’s tally to 31 points which sends them up the 16-team log to eighth place.
Victor Wanyama played his fourth full game for Southampton in a barren draw against West Ham United on Sunday. Wanyama arrived in England last Tuesday after helping Kenya win 1-0 against Namibia in a World Cup qualifier but still made it into coach Mauricio Pochettino's starting line-up. The Kenyan midfielder was booked in the second half after a bad tackle on Ravel Morrison earning his first caution since going to England. He also had a chance to put Saints ahead in the second half but his close range effort was put out by West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Both Southampton and West Ham are tied on five points from four games. The Saints are placed 11th in the 20-team log.
Former Gor Mahia forward George Odhiambo was used for 90 minutes as Ulisses were held to a 3-3 draw by Pyunik in a top Armenian league clash on Saturday. Odhiambo recently moved to Ulisses from Shirak in search of more playing time. His latest full game was the fifth since he made the move. Odhiambo’s side was leading for most of the game before David Manoyan converted a penalty to level the scores at 3-3. Pyunik had scored first through Varazdat Haroyan in the 16th minute before Ulisses, looking for their first win in five games went on to score two goals in a span of two minutes through Artavazd Boiajyan and Vigen Avetisyan. Early in the second half, Artavazd Boiajyan scored his second. Goals from Davit Zakaryan and another by Manoyan ensured Punyik picked a point.
BELGIUM: Ayub Masika was unused sub when his side KRC Genk blanked visiting Zulte-Waregem 5-2 in a Belgium top division match on Sunday. Masika, who has recently recovered from injury, has not played since September 1. The visitors were the first to go ahead in the third minute through Habib Habibou. But in the 38th minute, Ilombe Mboyo leveled matters for the winners. Mboyo added another one in the second half while Jelle Vossen then scored a brace in the 67th and 71st minute and another goal by Julien Gorius completed the rout before Thorgan Hazard pulled one more for the losers.
SOUTH AFRICA: Defender Brian Mandela was missing in action as Santos FC started their 2013 season on a winning note after edging out Thanda Royal Zulu 1-0 on Saturday. The lone goal of the game was scored by Gregory Roelf ten minutes after the restart.
SAUDI ARABIA: Former Tusker defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng played for ninth minutes as Al Tawoon won 2-1 to move fifth in Saudi Arabian top flight. Fahad Hamad gave the away side the lead on six minutes but Najran equalized on 74 minutes through Mus'ab Al Laham. The winner came just three minutes later though, the home side unfortunate to score an own goal through W. Oseni to hand Tawoon vital win.Follow Goal.com Kenya on