Stars abroad: Olunga, Mbamba score in busy weekend for Kenyan internationals

Kenyan international Michael Olunga’s Japanese second tier side, Kashiwa Reysol leapt to the playoff slots courtesy of a 1 – 0 win over Tokushima Vortis, with the three points delivered courtesy of Olunga’s goal in the 45th minute on Sunday 12 May.

Heading to the game, Kashiwa Reysol had gone winless in eight matches and with the team keen on protecting its lead, Olunga, who recently returned from injury, was subbed in the 75th minute, his place taken up by Yusuke Segawa.

The goal was Olunga’s fourth of the season, having made eight appearances, and with the goal, he has now surpassed his tally in 2018, having scored three goals in his first season in Japan.

Chris Mbamba

In the Swedish third tier, Christopher Mbamba, one of the players being considered for Kenya’s 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign, scored his first goal of the season on Sunday 12 May to aid his team Oddevold pick a point in a 3 – 3 draw with his former side, Oskarshamns.

Of Oddevold’s seven matches in the season, Mbamba has featured in three. In the Sunday clash, Oddevold needed a stoppage time goal to avoid defeat and the team is now 12th on the log with seven points, one behind seventh placed Oskarshamns.

In England, Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama started on the bench for Tottenham Hotspur but was introduced in the 46th minute of the 2 – 2 draw with Everton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

In Sweden, Erick Johanna was an unused sub as his team Brommapojkarna fell 2 – 3 at home to Degefors. In the clash, Bromma collapsed in the second half, after heading to the break leading 2 – 0 only to concede three goals in the second half, with two goals coming in the 88 and 90th minutes.

The result left Bromma 15th in the 16 – team league, with six points from seven matches.

Brian Mandela

Closer home, in South Africa, defender Brian Mandela was not in the match day squad but his team Maritzburg United did just enough to hold on to the playoff spot in the Premier Soccer League after a 1 – 1 draw with hosts Baroka FC.

Mohau Mokate’s 19th minute goal should have delivered safety for Maritzburg but Mdatsane Mduduzi’s 65th minute goal canceled all that, keeping Baroka just a place above the playoff zone.

This season, Mandela has played 20 matches for the team and scored once.


In Zambia, in the top flight, Zambian Super League (ZSL) Zone A, Kenyan internationals Jesse Jackson Were and Anthony Agay Akumu were in the starting team as the side rose from a goal down to beat Red Arrows FC 3 – 2.

David Owino, another Kenyan international at the team did not feature.

Meanwhile, still in the ZSL, another Kenyan, Duncan Otieno was among the starters as his team Nkana FC drew 1 – 1 with Nkwazi FC. Musa Mohamed, who also features for Nkana, was not in the match day squad.