Kenyan striker Jesse Were (Right) in action against Supersport United in last season's CAF Champions League. He featured for Zambian club ZESCO United as they were held to a 0-0 draw away to Zanzibari outfit Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi on Saturday 10 February
Mixed fortunes for Kenyan stars abroad
By Peter Wainaina | Mon 12 Feb, 2018 16:03

Kenyan international Victor Wanyama was once again a late sub as his team, Tottenham Hotspur got the better of London rivals Arsenal with a 1-0 win while Stars striker Michael Olunga’s Girona fell by a similar margin in their Spanish top flight fixture against Sevilla on a weekend Kenyans abroad endured mixed fortunes.

Wanyama was introduced for Delle Alli in the final 10 minutes of the game as Mauricio Pochettino’s charges secured a famous 1-0 victory over their North London rivals courtesy of a second half Harry Kane header.

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The former Celtic FC midfielder getting back to full fitness after spending the better part of the season out injured.

With the win Spurs move up the standings to lie fourth with 52 points, seven more than Arsenal's tally.

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In Spain, Olunga was given the nod ahead of club top scorer Cristian Stuani as Girona sought to avenge the 1-0 first leg loss at home to Sevilla. He featured for 70 minutes in a lackluster performance that only yielded one attempt as the Catalan side fell by a similar 1-0 score line, dropping to ninth with 31 points after 23 matches.

In Segunda, former Stars midfielder MacDonald Mariga was an unused sub in Real Oviedo’s 2-1 loss away to second placed Cadiz. The loss leaves Oviedo fourth in the hunt for promotion to the La Liga.

Since joining the side at the start of the current campaign, Mariga has featured on eight occasions in the league,  five being starts.

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Johanna Omollo’s Cercle Brugge cemented their hold on top spot in the Belgian second tier with a 1-0 home win over bottom side KSV Roeselare. The Stars midfielder came on for the injured Gianni Bruno with only half an hour gone.

Brugge are eyeing promotion to the Belgian topflight as they currently lead the eight team league zone with 25 points from 12 games played.

Zambia trio

Stars trio of Jesse Were, David Owino and Anthony Akumu featured in Zesco United’s 0-0 draw away to Zanzibari outfit Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) on Saturday. The Zambian champions had the game's better of the chances but profligacy in attack ensured that the Zanzibar outfit remain firmly in the tie.

The return leg is scheduled for slightly over a week, on Wednesday 21 February at the Levi Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola Zambia.

In South Africa, Stars defender Brian Mandela was an unused substitute as his team Martizburg United needed extra time to win 3-1 against Moroka Swallows to make the last 16 of the on-going Nedbank Cup.

Mandela has featured 10 times in the league for the Team of Choice with seven coming as starts. He has been named among the subs on seven other occasions.

Peter Wainaina
Twitter: @naina_naish
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