Goal.com follows the exploits of Kenyans playing their football outside of the country, in the top European leagues and beyond
Victor Wanyama was on the losing side as his club Southampton went down 2-1 to Liverpool in opening match of English Premier League played at Anfield on Sunday. Wanyama was on the pitch for 90 minutes as his side made a bad start to the season. Nathanie Clyne cancelled Rahim Sterling’s 23rd minute opener before Daniel Sturridge, struck home the winner in the 79th minute. Southampton were playing under new manager Ronald Koeman.
Ayub Masika Timbe did not even make it to substitute bench when his club Genk drew 1-1 against Kortrijk in their fourth match of the Belgian top league. Timbe has missed last two matches involving national team Harambee Stars due to club commitment. Baptiste Ulens drew the first blood for Genk in the 30th minute but Ilombe Mboyo restored parity at the 65th minute. The draw means Genk have only collected three points in four matches and are ranked 13th on the 16 team table.
Goalkeeper Arnold Origi continues to enjoy playing time at Norwegian top side Lillestrom and he was between the posts when they registered a 2-1 win over Vaalerenga on Sunday. Lillestrom went ahead in 19th minute through Petter Vaagan Moen before Morten Berre equalized for the visitors at the stroke of half time. In the 77th minute, Erling Knudtzon scored Lillestroem's second goal. The win helped Origi's side to move to sixth spot in the standings with 32 points.
Another Kenyan who is enjoying play time in the Scandinavian league is Finish based Anthony Clement Dafaa, who was on the pitch for 90 minutes as his club VPS went down 1-0 to Seinaejoen JK on Sunday. The only goal of the match was scored in the 25th minute through Zeljko Savic. Following the loss, VPS have now gone six matches without a win and stay eighth on the standings after collecting 29 points. The team remains safe from relegation for now.
Patrick Osiako did not play any role when his club Simuruq edged out Azal 2-0 in a top Division fixture at Armand Stadium. The match was the season opener and his absence on the pitch may mean that Osiako could struggle to find playing time at his club. Rasad Ayyubov scored the only goal for the winners five minutes after play started. Ten minutes later an own goal by Tural Narimanov ensured Simuruq bagged maximum points. Osiako made 25 appearances for his side last season and scored just one goal.