Goal.com follows the exploits of Kenyans playing their football outside of the country, in the top European leagues and beyond
Victor Wanyama became the first local player to feature at Old Trafford the home of Manchester United when he led his side Southampton to a 1-1 draw against the English Premier League champions on Saturday. Wanyama, who made history by becoming the first local player to feature in EPL, had another 90 minutes rubbing shoulders with the likes of Wayne Rooney leaving Kenyan fans known for their love for English football deeply divided as to whether to support their own or Manchester United. Wanyama finished the match on a yellow card, which was his third of the season.
Kenyan born Divock Origi continued to get more playing time for Lille in the French Ligue one and on Saturday he featured for 19 minutes when his side stopped Montpellier 1-0. Lille's winning goal was scored by Senegalese Pape N’Diaye Souare, who notched home early in the fourth minute. The Kenyan born striker came on as a second half substitute after he replaced Ivorian Salomon Kalou in 71st minute. Another defeat greeted Dennis Oliech's side Ajaccio when they went down 1-0 to Nantes which is ironically the first club Oliech played for when he went to France in 2003. Oliech did not feature in the weekend defeat as he is still injured.
Ayub Timbe was on the pitch when his club KRC Genk thrashed visiting Lierse 4-0 in a top Division One Belgium match on Saturday. Timbe came on as a second half substitute taking up Thomas Buffel’s position in the midfield and set up the goal. Derrick Katuku Tsimanga opened the scores for the winners in 27th minute before Yao Kumordzi doubled the lead seven minutes later. Kalidou Koulibaly added the third in injury time before Masika set up the fourth goal in the 75th minute.
Former Kenyan international John ‘Mo’ Muiruri was on the pitch as his side Moss hammered visiting Ostsiden 4-1 in a Norwegian Division two match on Saturday. Jonas Alexander opened the scoring for Ostsiden in 9th minute before Emmanuel Amarh leveled matters in 21st minute with the latter coming back to fire his side into the lead before half time. Moss came back a rejuvenated side and slammed home the third in 53rd minute through Marcos Gondra before Emmanuel Amarh completed his hat-trick in 73rd minute.
Since the India Premier League became popularized a number of Kenyan players have found a home there and continue to feature for their clubs week in week out in a move that may force national team selectors to send scouts there. On Saturday, former Nairobi City Stars striker Eric Muranda scored for his club Mohun Bagan in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sporting Goa. Jerry Karpeh scored both goals for the winners first in the 17th minute and then in the 78th minute. Then Muranda converted from the penalty spot in 84th minute but it was not enough to help his side to pick a point from this fixture.
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