Kenyan Stars activate foreign leagues after AFCON disappointment

After a disappointing AFCON showing in Egypt, the Kenyan national team disbanded last week with some of the team’s foreign based players returning to their clubs where they featured over the weekend.

Michael Olunga and Ayub Timbe featured for their respective clubs in Japan and China where the league season is still ongoing unlike in Europe where teams are just returning for pre-season ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Olunga who netted twice for Kenya at the AFCON in the 3-2 win over Tanzania, continued where he had left off for his side Kahiwa Reysol in the Japanese second tier, scoring once and grabbing two assists as the yellow and black claimed a 4-2 win over Ventforet Kofu on Sunday 8 July at their Hitachi Stadium.

Goals

The lanky forward had netted six times for his side before leaving for international duty and now has seven goals in just 10 starts for the team in the league.

Reysol, who suffered relegation from the top tier last season, are well on course to return back in their first time of asking as they lie in 3rd place with 37 points, three points adrift of top spot.

Still in Asia and to Beijing China where Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe played the full 90 minutes for his Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe as they suffered a 2-0 loss at home at the Beijing Fengtai Stadium to Shandong Luneng on Sunday.

Timbe started all three of Kenya’s group games in Egypt and tacked up two assists in the win over Tanzania.

He played the full game on Sunday as Renhe suffered their 11th loss of the season in just 16 games and now lie second from bottom in the 16 team league.

Twelve

Twelve foreign based players represented the country in Egypt and only the two featured for their teams with the rest being granted some time off before returning for pre-season training.

Away from the players who were at the AFCON and to the UK where Kenyan striker Jonah Ayunga netted a brace for new side Havant & Waterlooville of the English 6th tier to help claim a 2-0 over Alresford Town FC on Sunday in a pre-season friendly.

Ayunga, who was at one time in the books at former EPL side Brighton FC, has been called up to the national team twice but is yet to earn a cap.