Kenyans abroad: Wanyama & Kibunguchy watch from sidelines as ex-Gor Mahia defender scores in Sweden

Victor Wanyama during warm up

Kenyans abroad: Wanyama & Kibunguchy watch from sidelines as ex-Gor Mahia defender scores in Sweden

Mark Kinyanjui 11:12 - 21.04.2024

Victor Wanyama remained an unused substitute for Montreal while Naby Kibunguchi was relegated to the sidelines as Kenyan players abroad experienced mixed fortunes this weekend.

Harambee Stars duo Victor Wanyama and Naby Kibunguchy found themselves relegated to the sidelines as Montreal drew 2-2 against Orlando City in a Major League Soccer (MLS) clash at Saputo Stadium on Sunday morning.

Wanyama, representing Montreal, watched the game unfold from the bench, while Kibunguchy continues to wait for his first matchday squad appearance of the season for Orlando.

Montreal took the lead in the 16th minute courtesy of Mason Toye, but Orlando City leveled the scores just six minutes later through Facundo Torres. Ariel Lassiter netted Montreal's second goal in the 88th minute, only for Orlando to snatch a late equaliser in stoppage time through Ivan Angulo, ending the game in a 2-2 draw.

Kenyans in England

While Wanyama remained an unused substitute in Montreal's fixture, several other Kenyan players plying their trade in Europe enjoyed varying degrees of success over the weekend.

In England, left-back Clarke Oduor made an appearance for Bradford City, coming on as a substitute in the 82nd minute during their 3-2 victory over Walsall at Bescot Stadium. Oduor replaced Ciaran Kelly, who was on a caution and at risk of an early dismissal.

Vincent Harper, however, missed out on Exeter City's 2-1 win against Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium, while Zak Onyego Vyner played no part in Bristol’s 1-1 away draw with Norwich.

Odhiambo Shines in Sweden

Former Gor Mahia centre-back Frank Odhiambo made his mark in Sweden, scoring a goal for AFC Eskilstuna in their thrilling 3-3 draw against Assyriska. Odhiambo found the back of the net in the 62nd minute, contributing to his team's spirited performance.

His teammate Henry Meja started on the bench and was later introduced, replacing Love Bjornson.

Other Kenyans abroad

Meanwhile, Brian Mandela, another key figure for Harambee Stars, remained unused in Mamelodi Sundowns' 1-0 loss to Esperance in the CAF Champions League semifinal first leg held at Rades Stadium.

In Norway, Alfred Scriven played the full 90 minutes for Bryne in their 1-0 victory over Raufoss at NAMMO Stadium.

As Harambee Stars players continue to make their mark both domestically and internationally, fans eagerly anticipate more standout performances in the coming fixtures.