Most European leagues are on course and the past weekend came with fine returns for Kenyan plying their trades across the world, from Europe, to Asia and Africa. Top performers among them being Michael Olunga, Ismail Dunga, Jesse Were and Anthony Wambani.
In Japan, Michael olunga scored a brace as his team, Kashiwa Reysol opened a nine point gap at the top of the second tier standings with a 4 – 0 win at Nagaragawa Stadium on Sunday 25 August.
The two goals saw the Kenyan international move to 14 for the season and just three shy of the leading scorer, Hiroto Goya of V-Varen Nagasaki. Of the leading six scorers, Olunga is the only to have scored all his goals in open play.
In Albania, Ismael Salim Dunga scored FK Tirana’s first goal of the new season as Tirana ran out 3 – 0 winners over Dunga’s former team, Luftetari. The win saw Tirana go top on just the first weekend of the Albanian season.
In Zambia, Jesse Were marked his call up back to the Kenya national team with the only goal as Zesco United saw off Green Mambas from Eswatini in a CAF Champions League preliminary round return leg clash at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday 24 August.
Wambani, Marcelo, Ovella
In the third tier in Sweden, Erick Ouma, Ochieng Ovella and Anthony Wambani, who is now listed as a Swede, had their team Vasalund, pick an 8 – 2 away win over Rynnige.
Wambani, a former Bandari FC midfielder now listed as a defender, scored his first ever goal for Vasalund in the rout, hitting the back of the net in the 70th minute.
Ouma featured in the entire game while Ovella was an unused sub. The win left Vasalund eighth on the log with 27 points from 20 matches.
Still in Sweden, Eric Johanna’s team in the second tier, Bromma suffered a 0 – 2 defeat away to GAIS, to stay 14th on the log on 16 points in the 16 – team league.
The Kenyan international was introduced in the game in the 75th minute, replacing Johan Falkmar but the team could not reap from his introduction and as a result remains unsafe from relegation.
Back in Asia, China to be specific, Ayub Masika Timbe, another Kenyan international, was in action for the entire 90 minutes as his top flight team, Beijing Renhe fell 1 – 2 at home to Hebei CFFC.
The defeat marked the 11th straight winless outing for Timbe’s team. They have picked just a point in their last 11 league matches in the Chinese Super League (CSL).
In Romania, Kenyan international left – back Aboud Omar, attached to top tier side Sepsi, is still waiting for his first game of the season seven matches on.
In the team’s latest game, they drew 1 – 1 with Academica Clinceni, with Aboud not even on the bench. The result marked a seventh unbeaten game for Sepsi this season, although they have managed just one win.
In Belgium, there was some reprieve for Johanna Omollo’s team, Cercle Brugge as it rose off the foot of the First Division A, the top flight, with a 1-0 win over Waasland-Beveren.
The win was the first for Brugge in the last 17 matches across all competitions and left the team 13th on the log, with three points from the opening five matches.
Omollo has played in two of the opening five matches of the season.
Meanwhile in England, Uncertainty is still courting Kenya skipper Victor Wanyama’s future. He was not part of the team for the second straight game as his team Tottenham Hotspur fell 0 – 1 at home to Newcastle United.
The midfielder has been linked with French side Monaco and Belgian side Club Brugge. He is yet to play for the team this season and only made an appearance on the bench in the opening game.