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Kenyan born Divock Origi scored for Lille, who registered a 2-0 win over Sochaux in a French Ligue one match played on Saturday at Stade Pierre Mauroy. Origi is the son of former international Mike Origi and has been on fire for the French club. His goal on Saturday came after just three minutes. His substitute Ryan Mendes scored the other goal for Lille in injury time. In another match, Dennis Oliech failed to start for his struggling club AC Ajaccio, who beat Rennes 3-1.
Former Tusker defender David 'Cheche' Ochieng’ played his 12th match for Saudi Arabia side Al-Taawon in a 4-1 win over Al Nahdha during their league match on Friday. Amine Abbes's scored into his own net to give Al-Taawon their first goal in the 35th minute. Then Bader Al Kharashi added the second goal in the 47th minute. The third goal came in the 50th minute through Ahmad Al Turky before paving the way for Vinicius Reche to end the rout. A 93rd minute goal by Saddick Adams was the only consolation for the losers. Al-Taawon moved to fifth position with 31 points after the win.
Former Thika United midfielder Francis Kahata was on the pitch for close to one hour when his new club FK Tirana pipped Partizani Tirana 2-1 in a top Albanian league match. The result continue Tirana's good run in the league as they seek to get out of the relegation zone. None of the teams had scored by the end of the first half but Brazilian Gilberto Fortunate scored in the 77th minute to break the deadlock. Kahata was substituted in the 57th minute after making his third appearance for Tirana since leaving Thika United.
Former Gor Mahia striker Edwin Lavatsa played for 90 minutes as MC Algiers hit MC Oran 2-0 in Saturday's Algerian top league match. It was the fourth straight appearance and first full game for a player, who signed for the Algerian top side less than one month ago. Abderrahmane Hachoud scored first for the winners in the 43rd while Hadj Bouguèche scored the second goal in the 50th minute. The win takes Algers to fifth spot on the log after amassing 30 points.
Ayub Timbe appears to have fallen out of favor at Belgian side Genk as he missed his second match in a row when his club went down 3-1 to Club Brugge on Sunday. Pieter Gerkens scored first for Brugge in the third minute before Odjidja leveled the score in the 40thnminute. Bjorn Engels fired Club Brugge to a 2-1 lead before Nicolas Mora put it beyond reach in the 70th minute. The defeat leaves Genk in sixth position on the log after collecting 38 points. Elsewhere, midfielder Johanna Ochieng’ Omolo featured as Lommel United were held to a 2-2 draw by hosts Eendreacht Aalst in the Belgium Second Division. Jentle Gaethofs drew the first blood in the ninth minute with Loris Brogno doubling the scores in 47th minute of the second half. Lommel could not defend their lead as Eendracht rallied to hold them thanks to Wesley Vanbelle’s 76th penalty and Donjet Shkodra goals in the three minutes of added time. Lommel are seventh on the 18 team log with 37 points from 25 rounds of play.