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Kenyan born Divock Origi scored for Lille as they forced a 1-1 draw against league contenders AS Monaco at the Stade Louis II on Sunday. Lille had to rally from behind after falling to a fourth minute goal by Mounir Obadi and Origi responded in the 38th minute with an assist from Ryan Mendes to ensure they remain within Uefa Champions League place. The goal was the fourth Origi, son to former Kenyan international Mike Okoth, has netted in the 2013/14 season and it keeps Lille in third place on the Ligue 1 log with 54 points, 19 behind league leaders PSG and three above fourth placed Saint Etienne.
Victor Wanyama is still injured and did not play any role when his team went down 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur during Sunday’s English Premier League match at White Heart Lane. Wanyama has a calf injury and it is not known when he will come-back a situation that should worry Harambee Stars coach Adel Amrouche ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. During Sunday’s match, Tottenham had to come back from two goals down before wrapping up this important win.
Despite staying out of the radar of national team selectors, defender Patrick Olum continues to enjoy considerable playing time with Sporting KC and was on the pitch during their 1-0 win over SJ Earthquakes. Olum was on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes during Major Soccer League (MSL) fixture. The only goal of the match was scored by Dominic Dwyer in the 57th minute. The win pushes Sporting KC to fifth spot on the log after playing three matches.
Former AFC Leopards’ midfielder Peter Opiyo missed to score from the penalty spot as his new club FF Jaro humbled Sporting Kristina 5-0 in a friendly match played on Sunday. This was part of the team’s preparations for the new season. Opiyo, who featured for 90 minutes, failed to convert from the spot at the half hour mark. Lidle Elmi, Hendrik Helmke, Carlos Fondacaro, Llya Vaganov and Markus Kronhom scored a goal each for Jaro to give them a good pre-season start and will be hoping to replicate the same on the league front.
Former Gor Mahia defender Donald Mosoti was on the losing Simba side after the team fell 1-0 to Coastal Union in a top Tanzanian league match on Sunday. Coastal Union is handled by Kenyan coach Yusuf Chipo and also has a number of Kenyan players like Jerry Santos and Chrispine Odula. The two did not however, feature in this match. Hamad Juma scored the only goal of the match in the 44th minute to send his side to fifth spot on the log with 29 points.
Defender Curtis Osano was sent off as his club Bengaluru lost 3-0 to Shillong Lajjong in a top Indian Premier League match played on Sunday. Osano was given his marching orders after he hacked an opponent inside his box leading to a penalty. The winners were lifted by goals from Patros Ulliams and a brace from Cornell Glenn. Another Bengaluru player Pawan Kumar was also sent off in the 83rd minute after he handled the ball in the box. The winners remain at the top of the log.
Former Thika United midfielder Francis Kahata was not picked when his side FK Tirana drew 1-1 against arch-rivals Partizani Tirana on Saturday at home. Mario Morina broke the dead lock in the 41st minute for FK Tirana before Partizani leveled in the dying moments through Nderim Nedzipi. The result leaves FK Tirana in eighth position on the log after collecting 28 points from 25 matches. Kahata was reportedly unwell to feature in the fixture but is expected to bounce back this weekend.