Stars Abroad: Ekhalie nets as Mandela trains with SA giants

The past weekend was rather a slow one for Kenyan Stars plying their trades abroad.

Finnish based Amos Ekhalie and England based Jonah Ayunga were the only players who managed to get on the score sheets for their respective clubs while Eric Ouma produced an assist in Sweden.

In Slovakia, young fullback Yusuf Mainge saw red as did young midfielder Alwyn Tera in Georgia while in Sweden, defender Joseph Okumu clocked another full 90 minutes.

In South Africa, another Stars defender, Brian Mandela, trained with PSL giants Orlando Pirates looking to get signed after being released from Maritzburg United.

Amos Ekhalie

Kenyan midfielder Amos Ekhalie netted a late penalty to help his side IFK Mariehamn of the Finnish top tier seal a point in a 2-2 draw with Ilves on Sunday in the Championship play-offs.

The goal was Ekhalie’s third of the season. The former Coast Stars player, who has been in Finland for the last decade, has been capped once by Kenya.

Jonah Ayunga

In England, in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, Stars striker Jonah Ayunga was on the score sheet as his 6th tier side Havant and Waterlooville beat Hadley 1-0 to make it to the next round of football’s oldest club tournament.

The 22 year old forward is having an amazing season with the club he joined at the start of the season and has now netted nine times in 12 appearances.

Yususf Mainge

In the Slovakian topflight, young fullback Yusuf Mainge endured a disappointing outing for FK Pohronie as he saw red for two bookable offences in the team’s 2-2 draw with Michalovce on Saturday.

The former Kakamega High School alumni received two yellow cards in the space of 10 second half minutes, in the 69th and 79th minutes.

Mainge joined Pohronie, who were promoted to the Slovakian topflight at the start of the season, on-loan from AFC Leopards and has made three appearances so far in the league with all of them being starts.

Eric Ouma

Though he was not on the score sheet, Harambee Stars leftback Eric Marcelo Ouma produced a stunning display for his club Vassalund of the Swedish 3rd tier in the 2-1 away league win over IF Sylvia on Saturday, capping off the performance with an assist for the team’s first goal.

Vasalund, who lie now in 7th place with 40 points, is also home to Kenyans Anthony Wambani and Ovella Ochieng. Ouma and Wambani both clocked the full 90 minutes on Saturday while Ochieng was not included in the matchday squad.

Joseph Okumu

Still in Sweden, in the topflight, Stars defender Joseph Okumu, made his second appearance for his new club IF Elfsborg who he joined in the summer transfer window.

Okumu clocked another 90 minutes as Elfsborg ran riot with a 4-0 thumping of Falkenberg on Sunday.

The former Chemelil Sugar defender, joined the Swedish side from Real Monarchs of the USA in August and missed the first three games before making the bench for the 2-1 away win to BK Hacken on September 29. He has now started the last two matches clocking the full 90 minutes to help Elfsborg collect four points.

Brian Mandela

And finally in South Africa where unconfirmed reports are claiming that bulky defender Brian Mandela has been training for the past week with PSL giants Orlando Pirates looking to seal a move after being surprisingly released by Maritzburg United after the conclusion of last season.

The 25 year old has in the past attracted the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns. Injuries however have hampered his consistency and it could be the reason why Maritzburg decided in ending their four year association with him.

He missed out on representing the country at this year’s AFCON finals after suffering a knee injury just days to the tournament in Egypt in Stars’ training camp in France.