Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama did not feature as his team, Tottenham Hotspur was mauled 3 – 0 by Manchester City at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday 29 July in their third match of the International Champions Cup (ICC) part of Spurs’ preseason tour in the USA.
It was the second straight preseason match Wanyama missed, this time he was not in the match day squad altogether, after spending the entire time on the bench as Spurs fell to AS Roma in the previous game.
Spurs will be taking on Juventus in their final preseason friendly game on Saturday 5 August.
Cheche – USA
Close by, in the US second tier NASL, another Kenyan international, defender David Ochieng featured full time as his team New York Cosmos started the league campaign on a winning note, beating Miami 3 – 1 despite both sides having a man sent off in the first half.
NY Cosmos’ Argentine forward Jorge Ledesma was sent off in the 19th minute and Miami defender Hunter Freeman followed him out for an early shower six minutes later. Eric Calvillo’s double in the 64th and 79th minutes and Kobi Moyal’s 90th minute goal settled the tie even though Miami threatened with a Kwadwo Poku goal in the 96th minute.
Lawrence Olum – USA
In the US top flight, Kenyan defender Lawrence Olum featured for the whole game as his team Portland Timbers drew 2 – 2 with home sides Houston Dynamo. Portland were minutes away from a second win in as many matches after coming from a poor run but that was quashed by David Cabezas’ 81st minute goal.
Portland had taken a first half lead courtesy of Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco’s goals even though Mauro Manotas pulled one back for the hosts. The result left Portland fourth on the Western Conference League standings with 31 points as Houston, two points better, stayed third on the log.
Timbe – China
In the Chinese second tier, Ayub Timbe’s team Beijing Renhe suffered a first defeat in six matches, going down 0 – 1 to league leaders Dalian Yifang. The win saw Renhe stay second on the log on 37 points, seven behind Yifang after 19 matches.
Abud – Bulgaria
In the Bulgarian top flight, Abud Omar’s team, Slavia Sofia registered the first win of the season, a 2 – 0 away win over Septemvri Sofia on Friday 28 July. Abud played a big role in the win as he provided the assist for the first goal, with Ivaylo Dimitrov scoring in the 11th minute from his pass.
The second goal came in the 61st minute after Septemvri defender Alexander Bragekov brought down Dimitrov for Ivan Minchev to strike home the spot kick as Bragekov trooped off on a second yellow card. Abud was withdrawn in the 51st minute for Cigozzi Mba.
Ekhalie, Dafaa – Finland
In Finland, Kenyans Anthony Dafaa and Amos Ekhalie had another bad outing as a 2 – 6 loss to Lahti in the Finnish top flight saw the team register the sixth straight unbeaten outing. While Dafaa started the game before being withdrawn at the start of the second half, Ekhalie rose from the bench at the start of the second half.
Meanwhile, the 2016 KPL top scorer John Mark Makwatta scored twice to lift his team Buildcon FC to a 2-0 win over Real Nakonde in a Zambian Super League Week 20 match.