Stars Abroad: Wanyama awaits Impact debut as Were scores again

Jesse Were had himself another scoring outing for Zesco United in Zambia while Victor Wanyama missed the weekend action for new club Montreal Impact as Kenyan Stars represented for their respective clubs abroad.

Jesse Were was on the scoresheet on Sunday as Zesco dropped points in the league title race by drawing 1-1 with Green Buffaloes at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

The Harambee Stars forward had Zesco leading inside the first 10 minutes but they were unable to hold on to the lead and now lie in 5th place, four points adrift of top spot with 10 matches still left to play.

Were’s fellow Kenyan internationals; custodian Ian Otieno, defender David Owino and striker John Makwatta also featured in the game for Zesco with all clocking the full 90 minutes.

Nkana win

Still in Zambia, Nkana FC gained from Zesco’s draw and scaled up the standings after securing a slim 1-0 win over Kabwe Warriors on Saturday. Nkana is home to four Kenyan Stars in Musa Mohammed, Harun Shakava, Duncan Otieno and Duke Abuya.

Musa and Abuya clocked the full 90 minutes in the game while Shakava was an unused substitute. Otieno missed the game altogether.

Musa captained the Kitwe based side to the win that lifted them to 4th place with 43 points.

Heading further South to South Africa where Anthony Akumu made his first start for Kaizer Chiefs but the fete ended in disappointment as they succumbed 1-0 to AmaZulu at home on Saturday.

Akumu, who joined the Soweto giants in January from Zesco United, was withdrawn at halftime for Khama Billiat as Chiefs chased the game.

The loss still leaves Amakhosi in 1st place on the PSL standings but now with a seven-point advantage ahead of second place Mamelodi Sundowns who have two games in hand.

Wanyama

In America, Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama missed the matchday squad for new club Montreal Impact of the MLS as they drew 2-2 away to Dallas FC on Saturday.

Wanyama joined the Canadian side last week from Tottenham Hotspur with the move coming too soon for him to be prepped for action.

Impact currently sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference standings with four points after two matchdays.

To Europe and to Sweden specifically where Joseph Okumu clocked the full 90 minutes as IF Elfsborg defeated Orebro 1-0 at home in the Svenska Cupen (Domestic Cup) on Sunday.

The win has Elfsborg leading Group H with six points. The domestic league in Sweden will kickoff next month for the 2020 season.

On Monday, Eric Johanna will hope to get minutes when his second-tier side J-Sodra entertain OIS in the domestic cup. Sodra are 3rd in Group D after securing just one point from their opening two matches.

Johanna Omollo

In Belgium where another Kenyan international, Johanna Omollo clocked the full 90 minutes for Cercle Brugge as they fell 2-1 in the Brugge derby against champions Club Brugge.

The loss halted Cercle’s four game winning run that had lifted them off the bottom of the log. They now lie third from bottom with 23 points, three points above the drop zone with one round still left to play.

Elsewhere in Europe, Ayub Timbe was an unused substitute as his team Reading FC of the English Championship won 3-1 away to Birmingham FC on Saturday.