Kenyan trio of Eric Ouma, John Macharia and Amos Nondi will be participating in the Georgian top flight for another season after their side Kokheti Pohti held Merani Martvili to a 2-2 draw in the second leg of the playoffs in a match staged at the Stadioni Murtaz Khurtsilava on Sunday 3 December to win the tie 4 - 3 on aggregate.
Kolkheti left it late to confirm their status with Georgian midfielder Vano Kurdghelashvili scoring a brace for the visitors; his second coming in added time. Kurdghelashvili had given Kolkheti the lead in the 16th minute and a double from Giorgi Bukhaidze in the 54th and 90th minute had the game headed for penalties but Kurdghelashvili had other plans, as he restored parity in the second minute of the three additional minutes.
None among the Kenyan trio featured in the game with Nondi and Ouma missing in the match day squad entirely, while Macharia was an unused substitute. In the first leg held in Kolkheti, Nondi clocked the entire 90 minutes while Macharia was introduced in the 52nd minute as Ouma missed the match entirely.
Kolkheti finished ninth in the ten team Erovnuli Liga (Georgian top flight league) with Martvili finishing second in the Erovnuli Liga 2 (Second Tier).
In the Spanish second tier, Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga was an unused substitute as his side Real Oviedo picked three points away with a 2-0 win over Lorca to move seventh on the table with 26 points. David Rocha and Miguel Linares scored the goals for Oviedo in a match staged at the Estadio Francisco Artés Carrasco.
Still in Spain, Michael Olunga’s Girona FC will be hosting Deportivo Alaves on Monday 4 December at the Estadi Municipal de Montilivi. Olunga will be hoping to add to his three appearance for the La Liga newbies, with his last appearance for the club coming back in November in the club;s 1-1 draw against Levante.
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In Belgium, Johanna Omollo amassed full minutes as his team Cerle Brugge had to come from behind twice to hold Union Saint Gilloise to a 2-2 draw; the Belgian Second Division Match staged at the Jan Breydelstadion on Saturday 2 December. Thibaout Peyre had given Gilloise the lead in the 15th minute but Brugge restored parity through Hector Rodas in the 31st minute. Julien Vercauteren then restored the visitors lead in the 54th minute with Benjamin Delacourt ensuring a share of spoils in the 85th minute.