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Abroad: Masika, Zambia pair victorious as Ekhalie braces for stern UEFA CL test
By Patrick Korir | Sun 16 Jul, 2017 13:00

Kenyan players plying their trade abroad had mixed fortunes for their respective clubs on Saturday 15th. While two in Zambia earned three massive points, another three in the same country did not play. China had one victorious and another completely missing from the squad. In Europe, a monumental UEFA Champions League clash awaits another  as two others were also in action in Sweden.

Clifton Miheso, Mark Makwata - Zambia

Kenyan Internationals Clifton Miheso and Mark Makwatta were on the winning end as Buildcon FC beat City of Lusaka 2-0 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Saturday 15 July. Both Kenyans started the game.

In the 36th minute of the game Miheso executed a corner that, with the involvement of Patient Mwepu led to the first goal by Chavda Maisha. The Congolese was to add another in the 77th minute to complete his brace for the win, the first since a 2-1 win over Nchanga Rangers on 21 June. Makwatta made way for Didier Muzembe in the 73rd minute and ten minutes later Miheso was off for Omari Kipuku.

In the games in between, Buildcon had lost 1-0 to Nkana and drawn 1-1 with Zesco United.

David Owino, Jesse Were, Anthony Akumu - Zambia

While Miheso and Makwatta earned playtime, Kenyan trio of David Owino, Jesse Were, Anthony Akumu at Zesco United within the same league were rendered idle as their Super League clash against Red Arrows was called off.

The team will be up against Green Eagles on Saturday 22 July in the next league game. 

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Arnold Origi, Norway

Kenyan keeper Arnold Origi was in between the posts once again as Lillestroem clawed back from 2-0 down to tie visiting Stabaek 2-2 at the Arasen Stadium on Saturday. The draw follows on the 3-3 draw away to Sarspborg 08 on Monday.

Goals from Tonny Bbrockmann and Oohi Momoijuanfo in the 36th and 40th minute had the visitors 2-0 up by the break but two late goals by Simen Mikalsen and Erik Nasbak Brenden in the 81st and 88th minutes handed Lillestroem a late share of spoils. 

It was in the second straight game that Lillestroem needed an 88th minute equalizer to salvage a game. They sit ninth in the 16-team log with 22 points from 17 games, five behind fourth placed Stabaek.

Michael Olunga, China

For a second straight game Kenya's lead striker Michael Olunga was missing from the lineup of Chinese Super League side Guizhou Hengfeng, this time as the club went down 2-0 away to Beijing Guoan in a round 17 clash played at the Workers Stadium in Beijing. The former Gor Mahia forward had also missed last weekend's 1-0 way win over Liaoning Kaixin. 

A 39th minute penalty by Soriano and 57th minute goal by Zhang Chiming secured the win for the visitors. Hengfeng drops down to 12th spot with 18 points as Guoan stays sixth in the 16-team log but improved to 25 points. 

Ayub Timbe Masika, China

In the Chinese second tier - Chinese League One, Ayub Masika's Beijing Renhe hit hosts Yunnan Liniang 1-0 at the Lijiang Sports Development Center Stadium to register a fifth straight league win. It was Masika's 25th minute goal that earned Renhe the win. Just last week Masika had scored once, the third goal, as Renhe flattened Dalian Yifang in the league. 

The win keeps Beijing Renhe second on the log with 36 points from 17 games, four behind leaders Dalian Yifang. 

Eric Johanna, David Kingatua, Sweden

Earlier on Thursday Eric Johanna earned his seventh start and 13th game for Swedish division One side Vasalund against Arameiska/Syrianska at the Brunna IP in Norsborg.

A goal by Alexander Roka in the 67th minute separated the two sides. With the win Vasalund moved to sixth spot in the 14-team Norra group - one of two that make the third tier, with 19 points, one behind the side they beat. Both have played 14 games. Johanna lasted 65 minutes on the pitch before being taken out for Lamine Nekrouf. 

On the opposite group - Sodra, another Kenyan international David Kingatua was also in action on Saturday for Oskarshamns AIK in a barren away game against Husqvarna at the Stadsparksvallen in Jönköping. Kingatua started only his fourth game of the season, to register his 12th appearance this term, and he lasted for 67 minutes before being replaced by Samuel Haglund.

After 14 games his team Oskarshamns AIK is fifth in the 14-team Sodra standing with 23 points six ahead of Husqvarna.

Both leagues take a break and Kingatua's team will be next in action against Vimmerby in the domestic Svenska Cupen on 2 august while Johanna's Vasalund will be back on the field in close to a months' time - on 19 August against Carlstad United.

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David Ochieng, New York Cosmos

David Ochieng's New York Cosmos finished the Spring season on a high with an away victory to FC Edmonton, a contest staged at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton. They next play Miami on 30 July in the  first game of the Fall season.

Amos Ekhalie, Finland

In Finland, Amos Ekhalie is expected to be in action when IFK Mariehamn aims to make amends in their UEFA Champions League qualifiers return match to Legia Warszawa on Wednesday 22nd July. Having fallen 3-0 at home, a match that had fellow Kenyan Dafaa Anthony red carded, Marienham's task is gargantuan to say the least.

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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