Harambee Stars midfielder Eric Johanna in a past game against AFC Eskilstuna in the Swedish top flight. He made a cameo appearance on Sunday 5 October for BP in a 4-2 loss to Hammarby IF Brommapojkarna
Stars Abroad: Mixed fortunes for Scandinavian lot
By Patrick Korir | Mon 08 Oct, 2018 17:04

Former Kenya U20 player Amos Ekhalie, Swedish based trio of Erick Ouma, Ovella Ochieng and Anthony Wambani and former Kenyan keeper Arnold Origi in Norway were on winning sides in games played in the Nordics over the weekend ending Sunday 7 October.

The same was not to be said of Harambee Stars pair Eric Johanna and David Ochieng in Sweden, Peter Opiyo and Anthony Dafaa in Finland as they all were on losing ends.

Finland 

On Sunday, Mariehamn hit Lahti 3-0 at the Wiklöf Holding Arena to shoot out of the relegation spot into tenth place in the 12-team top flight league, the Veikkausliiga. 

Goals by Kristian Kojola, Aleksei Kangaskolkka and Pontus Asbrink handed Mariehamn the three points to move to 31 points from as many games, two away from relegation.

Ekhalie started this game, for his 20th appearance this season, and featured for 84 minutes before being substituted by Keaton Isaksson.

Within the same league, Peter Opiyo's SJK fell 1-0 at home to Honka on Saturday at the OmaSP Stadium. A Borjas Martín goal in the the 40th minute did the damage.

Opiyo who returned to Finland in August this year played the full game to earn his eleventh game of the season. SJK sits ninth with 31 points ahead of Ekhalie's Mariehamn on goal difference.

In the second tier league Ykonnen in the same country, former Bandari and Sony midfielder Anthony Dafaa turned up for FF Jaro on Saturday in a 2-0 away loss to Oulu at the Jakobstads Centralplan.

Dafaa featured the full stretch for his ninth appearance of the season. From 25 games Jaro is sixth in the 10-team standings with 37 points, four off third placed Oulu.

Sweden

On Sunday, David Ochieng and Eric Johanna Omondi's Brommapojkarna (BP) went down 4-2 at home to visiting Hammarby in a round 25 game in Sweden's top flight, the Allsvenskan. The loss did not do much to ease their relegation fears on the year they returned to top flight football. 

Both Omondi and Ochieng started off the bench but the former was called in for his 21st league game in the 87th minute as a replacement for Markus Gustafsson. Ochieng who has featured in 13 of the 25 league games so far was unused.

Hammarby's Bjorn Paulsen scored on either side of BP's goals by Jack Lahne and Erik Figueroa but three unanswered goals - an own goal by Ludvig Ohman and two more from Mads Fenger and Nikola Djurdjic left BP beaten for the 17th time this season.

From the loss BP sits in relegation playoff spot 14 with 20 points from 25 games and above relegation threatened Dalkurd and Trelleborg. Hammarby shot to second spot with 50 points, eight behind leaders AIK.

Down to the fourth tier in Sweden it was all smiles for Harambee Stars pair of Ouma, Ovella and Wambani as a 1-0 away win over Skiljebo handed Vasalund promotion to third tier football next year.

Norway

In Norway, second tier side Kongsvinger, home to former Kenya top choice keeper Arnold Origi was in rampant form tearing visiting Asane 7-2 at the Gjemselund Stadium during a match day 26 game.

Origi stood between the sticks for the fourth time since joining the club in early September.

Olav Oby and Adem Guven each scored a brace for Kongsvinger with the other goals coming from Marlinho, Horald Holter and Niklas Castro. A Tomas Kristoffersen penalty and own goal by Guven were the responses from the visiting team.

Kongsvinger sits eighth in the 16-team log with 37 points, seven clear of 13th placed Asane. Aalesund tops the charts with 53 points.

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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