Kenyan duo feature for Middlesbrough and Leyton Orient in pre-season

STARS ABROAD Kenyan duo feature for Middlesbrough and Leyton Orient in pre-season

17:56 - 15.07.2023

None of the Kenyans emerged victorious in both games with their respective teams.

After featuring sparingly for their sides during the just concluded season, Kenyan duo of George Gitau and Zech Obiero earned minutes on the pitch for Middlesbrough and Leyton Orient respectively in pre-season encounters on Friday.

George Gitau

The 19-year-old who turns out for the Middlesbrough Under 21 side featured for the senior side and was trusted by manager Michael Carrick to start the 2-1 defeat to Hartlepool United.

The right back who is also eligible for Germany, England and Kenya boasts of an impressive football CV having turned out for Crystal Palace, Arsenal, and Brighton.

Hartlepool however had a bright start to the game and made their dominance count in the 24th minute when Emmanuel Dieseruvwe put them ahead.

Rocked by the goal, Middlesbrough shipped in their second four minutes later this time David Ferguson put his name on the scoresheet to hand them a healthy lead into the half time break.

Gitau was withdrawn at the hour mark for Charlie Lennon in a triple substitution that also saw Sonny Finch and Jeremy Sivi depart for Ajay Matthews, and Jack Stott.

The substitutions had an effect deep into stoppage time as Ajay Matthews grabbed the consolation goal for Middlesbrough in the 92nd minute.

Zech Obiero

The Kenyan midfielder came on as a second half substitute in Leyton Orient’s 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic during their pre-season game in Spain.

New signing from Cheltenham, Alfie May opened the scoring for Charlon just one minute before the half hour mark.

Aaron Drinan however restored parity for Leyton in the 58th minute just two minutes before the half time break.

In the pre-season game that saw each half last 60 minutes, Obiero was part of the wholesome changes in the second half but there was little goalmouth action as the clash ended in a 1-1 draw.

The 18-year-old is a youth product of Tottenham Hotspur's youth academy and comes from a footballing family with his father Henry Obiero being a former footballer and his brother Micah also turning professional.