Contrasting fortunes for Kenyan duo in Asia as Okumu helps inspire huge win in America

Kenyan internationals plying their trades abroad activated their respective leagues over the past weekend with three of the four players that were summoned for the matchday squads seeing action.

Michael Olunga played the full 90 minutes for Kahiwa Reysol in the Japanese second tier as they claimed a 2-1 away victory over Tokushima Vortis on Saturday at the Pocarisweat Stadium.

Olunga, who has netted seven times this season for Kashiwa in the league, was not among the goal scorers though with late strikes from Jiro Kamata and Yusuke Segawa cancelling out Masaki Watai’s opener.

The win sees Kashiwa remain in 3rd place with 40 points.

Relegation battle in China

Still in Asia and to China where Stars winger Ayub Timbe endured contrasting fortunes to Olunga as his CSL side Beijing Renhe suffered their 12th loss of the season by going down 2-0 at home to Wuhan Zall on Saturday to drop down to the bottom of the 16 team league.

Timbe started the game but lasted for just the opening stanza as head coach Luis Garcia restructured his side to cope with their numerical disadvantage following Wan Houliang’s red card midway through the stanza.

Joseph Okumu in a past training session (PIC: Real Monarchs)

Timbe, who was part of the Kenyan team at the 2019 AFCON finals, has made five appearances for his team this season.

Across the Pacific Ocean and to North America where Stars defender Joseph Okumu was instrumental in Real Monarch’s 5-0 win over Sounders FC on Saturday in the UCL championship, the second division in the American league system.

Okumu, who was one of Kenya’s standout stars at the AFCON, played the full 90 minutes at the heart of defence in his first appearance after returning from international duty.

Relegation battle in Sweden

Monarchs are 7th in the Western Conference standings, well in for a playoff slot come the end of the regular season.

Elsewhere in Europe where Stars attacking midfielder Eric Johanna was an unused sub as his Swedish second division side Bromma FC lost more ground in the survival race as they dropped down to the bottom of the 16 team league courtesy of a 3-1 loss away to promotion chasing Brage FC on Saturday at the Domnarvsvallen.

Bromma are enduring a difficult seson which could see them suffer a second successive demotion after last season’s drop from the topflight.

They have won only two of the 15 matches they have played thus far.