Jesse Were celebrates a goal for Zesco United in a past match. He was on the mark over the weekend.
Were and Makwatta on the mark as Okumu bags man of the match
By Imran Otieno | Mon 28 May, 2018 14:21

Kenyan international strikers plying their trade in the Zambian Super League capped off a perfect weekend with goals as Jesse Were and John Makwatta netted as Zesco United and Buildcon picked up wins against Kabwe Youth Sports Association (KYSA) and Red Arrows respectively.


Zesco United extended their resurgence after a slump that saw them go three games without a victory in all competitions but picked up a win last time out against New Monze Swallows. Jesse Were was back in the starting line up after he missed out in the squad entirely in their last league game while David Owino started 12th consecutive league game of the season, Anthony Akumu started from the bench.

Early goals have been a trade mark for Zesco this season and they stuck to the script as Jesse Were opened the scoring inside the first three minutes after Lazarus Kambole floated in a wonderful cross. KYSA restored parity 13 minutes later to ensure the opening half ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Zesco began the second half the stronger side threatening from the onset, their pressure paid off when restored their lead 15 minutes after the resumption through Jacob Banda. Were was handed a rest with 10 minutes left of the clocking coming off for Logic Ching'andu. Lazarous Kambole made it 3-1 in the dying minutes of the game to secure all three points for Zesco as they reclaimed their top spot in the standings after Green Buffaloes dropped points in the 1-1 draw against Lumwana Radiants.


John Makwatta is enjoying the form of his life as he prolonged his scoring streak to four games after a slow start to the season to ensure Buildcon collected all three points against Red Arrows in a 3-2 thrilling encounter. Fellow Kenyan Clifton Miheso missed out of the squad while Makwatta started for Buildcon as they aimed to make it 10 games without tasting defeat. 

Red Arrows started the game with some intent and took only eight minutes to open the scoring through Potipher Zulub as the first half ended with Red Arrows leading 1-0.

The second half saw a much changed Buildcon side in terms of their playing style after a disappointing first half. Rahim Osumanu pulled Buildcon level in the 67th minute with a well guided header. Moro Lamine gave Buildcon the lead for the first time in the match, scoring his first goal for the club. Makwatta assured all three points for Buildcon at the stroke of the 90 minute. Joseph Zulu pulled on back for Red Arrows with virtually the last kick of the game.

Ann Arbor

Former Chemelil and Free State Stars defender Joseph Okumu clinched the man of the match award for his side Ann Arbor played out to a barren draw against Kalamazoo in the US fourth division. Okumu has been a revelation for Arbor since joining them at the turn of the year keeping a clean sheet in all the matches this season with his rock solid defending. 

Former KCB midfielder Chrispinus Odhiambo was also in the starting line up after providing an assist on his debut last time out. The draw extends Arbor's unbeaten run to four games and fastens their grip at the top of the table with 10 points four points more than their closest challenges Detroit City.


Elsewhere MacDonald Mariga's Real Oviedo squandered a chance to earn a slot in the promotion play offs after they went down 2-0 to Leonesa meaning they finish ninth, out of the relegation play offs bracket.

Still in Spain Fuenlabrada home to Kenyan midfielder Ismael Gonzalez moved an inch closer to sealing a place in the Spanish second division after a 1-1 aggregate draw with Real Sociedad II to book a place in the promotion semi final.

In Denmark Kenyan midfielder Daniel Anyembe's Esbjerg sealed promotion to the Danish Super League after a 3-0 win over Silkeborg courtesy of a hat trick from Andres Dreyer as the tie ended in a 3-1 aggregate win for Esbjerg who gain promotion to the Danish top flight after a season out in the cold. Anyembe will hope to be fully fit in time for the league's opening fixture after picking up an injury in April.

Imran Otieno
Twitter: @Imran_Otieno
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