It has been a weekend of little competitive league action for many of Kenya's star players plying their trade abroad as leagues across Europe took a break on Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 to give prominence to the FIFA international calendar.
Cercle Brugge's Johanna Omollo helped his side to an impressive win over top of the table side Beerschot Wilrijik by scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 demolition to see Brugge move to within three points of Wilrijik while David Ochieng featured as New York Cosmos salvaged a point in a 2-2 draw away to Indy Eleven.
Michael Olunga, David Owino, Anthony Akumu, Mark Makwatta and Aboud Omar all featured for the national team, Harambee Stars in disappointing outings in which the team lost friendlies against Iraq and Thailand.
Stars captain Victor Wanyama is still recuperating from a knee injury which has kept him out of action for his club Tottenham Hotspur for more than a month now as is the same with older brother Macdonald Mariga who has only featured once for his new side Real Oviedo since signing with the Spanish second tier side in the summer transfer window.
According to information on Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) Official website, David Cheche Ochieng failed to turn up for national duty due to issues with his travel documents.
His American side New York Cosmos came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Indy Eleven in a North America Soccer League (NASL) game played under unfavourable rainy conditions on Saturday 7 October. He featured for the full 90 minutes and received a caution in second half stoppage time.
Coach Giovanni Savarese is quoted by the club’s official page as saying, “I think we played a good match. It was a positive game, an important point. We wanted a little bit more than that, but due to the conditions of the game, it was a positive match.”
The point sees Cosmos move up to fourth the final playoff spot.