Kenyans Abroad: Kahata scores again, Wanyama returns follows the exploits of Kenyans playing their football outside of the country, in the top European leagues and beyond


Former Thika United midfielder Francis Kahata appears to have hit top form and at the weekend scored once again as his club FK Tirana stopped KS Skenderbeu 3-2. Kahata opened the scores in 34th minute before Mario Morina doubled the lead six minutes later. Burundian Yamin Selemani made it 3-0 in the 50th minute. Pero Pejic pulled one back for Skenderbue in the 55th minute before adding another in the 66th minute. This was the second goal in a row for Kahata, who joined the club on loan and it helped his side to remain in eighth position on the log with 34 points.


Victor Wanyama was back in action for Southampton, who lost 4-1 to Manchester City in an English Premier League match played on Saturday. Wanyama has been nursing an injury for the last one month but not even his presence in the 80th minute could rescue the Saints. Yaya Toure scored first for the winners from the penalty spot but Saints fought back to cancel the lead also through a penalty by Ricky Lambert in the 36th minute. Samir Nasri, Edwin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetić added one goal each for the winners. Wanyama came in with ten minutes to play.


Former AFC Leopards’ midfielder Peter Opiyo was on the pitch for 90 minutes as his side FF Jaro went down 1-0 to HJK in the Finish season opener played on Sunday. The winning goal was scored by Teemu Tainio in the 41st minute. The defeat leaves Peter Opiyo’s side stuck in 12th position on the log having collected no point so far. Opiyo joined the club two months ago after declining to extend his contract at AFC Leopards’.


Harambee Stars first choice goalkeeper Arnold Otieno Origi was for the second time between the sticks for the 90 minutes as his club Lillestrom beat Sandness 4-1 in this Norwegian top division match. Petter Vaagan, Palmi Rfan, Kwoeme Omoijuanfo and an own goal by the losers ensured Lillestom picked all three points on offer. Diego Ivan scored the consolation goal for the losers. The win enabled Lillestrom to go up to second on the log so early in the season.


Divok Origi
was on the bench as his club Lille secured a 2-1 win over Toulouse away in a French Ligue one match. Ivorian international Solomon Kalou scored the opener before setting up the second.  Kenyan international Dennis Oliech was also side-lined as his club Ajaccio went down 3-1 to Marseille in another French ligue one fixture. Oliech has been away for the last one month even as his club continues to struggle and is most likely to be relegated at the end of this season. The loss kept Ajaccio at the bottom of the league standings.


Former Tusker defender David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng’ featured for 90 minutes as Al Taawon were held to a 1-1 draw by champions Al Nassir in the Saudi Arabia Pro League on Sunday. Mohammad Al Sahlawi scored the opener in third minute before Alo’o Efoulou leveled in the 51st minute of the second half. ‘Cheche’ has played in all 26 matches in the 2013/2014 season amassing a total 2322 minutes of playtime with only two yellow cards on his name and no goal. Al Taawon finished fifth on the standings with 35 points have now qualified for Champions Cup which is contested by top six teams.


Defender Curtis Osano returned from suspension to help his side Bengaluru edge past Mohun Bagan 2-0 in an Indian League match played on Sunday at Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kalkata. Thoi Singh put the victors ahead with Sean Rooney doubling the lead at the hour mark. The win extended Bengaluru’s lead at the top of the log with four points ahead of second placed Salgaocar after 22 rounds of matches.