Kenyan winger helps 10-man FC Koln Bundesliga relegation blushes as they draw with Mainz

Kenyan winger helps 10-man FC Koln Bundesliga relegation blushes as they draw with Mainz

Mark Kinyanjui 06:01 - 29.04.2024

Maina came on as a substitute and helped Koln grab a dramatic stoppage time draw against Mainz to keep their Bundesliga survival hopes alive.

Harambee Stars prospect Linton Maina risks  getting relegated from the Bundesliga for the second time in his career as FC Koln drew 1-1 with  fellow strugglers Mainz on Sunday afternoon.

Maina came on as a substitute  with 33 minutes to go, and his impact played a huge role in helping Koln survive automatic relegation with three games of the season left to play.

With the draw, Koln are on 23 points and in 17th place, five behind Bochum who are in the relegation/promotion playoff place, and they will have to win their remaining three games and hope Bochum slip to stand a chance of staying in the German top flight next season.

Leandor Barreiro scored the opening goal in the 25th minute for Mainz, but Koln equalised in the dying minutes through Florian Kainz.

In England, Zech Obiero, the promising talent who recently signed a two-year deal with Leyton Orient, delivered a standout performance in their English League One encounter against Shrewsbury FC. Completing the full 90 minutes, Obiero played a pivotal role as Orient secured a convincing 3-1 victory. 

The win was a much-needed boost for Orient, who entered the match on the back of three consecutive defeats.

 Daniel Adu Adjei opened the scoring for Orient in the eighth minute, followed by Ethan Galbraith doubling the advantage in the 24th minute. Galbraith further demonstrated his influence by providing an assist for Daniel Agyei's goal in the 51st minute, effectively sealing the victory for Orient. 

Despite a consolation goal from Shrewsbury's Daniel Udoh in the 76th minute, Orient's triumph propelled them to eleventh place in the league standings, with 65 points.

Meanwhile, in Armenia, Amos Nondi and Alwyn Tera played integral roles for FC Ararat Armenia in their 1-0 derby win over FC West Armenia. Jonathan Duarte's early goal secured the victory for FC Ararat Armenia, with Nondi and Tera contributing to a solid defensive and midfield performance throughout the match.

In the Azerbaijan Premier League, Ayub Masika Timbe made a triumphant return to action for Sabail FC after a spell on the sidelines. 

Despite Sabail suffering a 2-0 away defeat to Sabah Baku, Timbe's comeback provided a glimmer of hope for the team. Entering the match in the 73rd minute, Timbe showcased his versatility on the wing, aiming to contribute to Sabail's efforts to overturn the deficit.

 However, goals from Jon Irazabal and Jesse Sekidika secured the victory for Sabah Baku, leaving Sabail in seventh place with 42 points after 32 games.