Wanjala features against Barcelona as Wanyama suffers huge defeat in the US

19th February 2024

Eric 'Marcelo' Ouma and Marjolen Nekesa recorded wins in Czech and Poland.

Junior Stars captain Amos Wanjala in action against Barcelona U19. PHOTO| Amos Wanjala.
Junior Stars captain Amos Wanjala in action against Barcelona U19. PHOTO| Amos Wanjala.
  • Wanjala captained Junior Stars to the 2023 CECAFA U18 Championship final.
  • CF Montreal suffered a defeat in their last preseason game.
Kenyan stars plying their trade in leagues outside the country registered mixed results over the weekend with their respective clubs.

Some of them helped their sides to pick up maximum points while others like Victor Wanyama and Amos Wanjala were on the receiving end.

Harambee Starlets forward Majorlen Nekesa and Harambee Stars' Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma played crucial roles in helping their clubs to victory in Poland and the Czech Republic respectively.

Here is a wrap of how Kenyan stars fared over the weekend. 

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Victor Wanyama suffers huge defeat

Ex-Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama was introduced in the second half in a pre-season friendly match played against Tampa Bay Rowdies on Sunday morning.

Wanyama could not do enough in the game which was played in Florida, USA as his Canadian-based club CF Montreal went on to lose 4-1.

Sunusi Ibrahim opened the scoring for Montreal before the likes of Cal Jennings, Manuel Arteaga and Danny Crisostomo completed the comeback win for Tampa Bay Rowdies. 

The match marked the last game for Montreal who will kick off the 2024 MLS season on February 25 against Orlando City.

Amos Wanjala heartbroken by Barcelona

Junior Stars reliable defender Amos Wanjala had some minutes as his Gimnastic de Tarragona U19 side succumbed to a 2-4 defeat at the hands of Barcelona's U19 side.

Wanjala, who captained Junior Stars to the 2023 CECAFA U18 Championship final, was introduced in the second half of the epic encounter and played in an unfamiliar left-back position.

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Ouma features as Rakow Czestochowa triumphs

The 27-year-old Kenyan international conceded a soft penalty shortly after the start of the second half when he collided with a Piast Gliwice player while heading the ball.

Polish midfielder Patryk Dziczek converted the resultant penalty to put the visitors ahead in the game staged at the Rakow Municipal Stadium. 

However, despite conceding the penalty, Ouma was instrumental in Rakow's defense. He had made a goal-line clearance earlier which prevented the visitors from taking the lead.

Rakow then produced a brilliant comeback to win the match 3-1 with Ante Crnic, Lukasz Zwolinski and Marcin Cebula scoring late goals.

The win left Rakow in sixth spot on 35 points, six behind log-leading Jagiellonia.

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Nekesa scores in a ‘special’ friendly

Harambee Starlets forward Marjolen Nekesa played an instrumental role in Slavia Praha’s 5-3 win over Viktorie Enyizkov U16 boys' side in a friendly match. 

Slava Praha used the match to gauge their preparedness ahead of the massive Czech Women’s Cup quarter-final clash against Lokomotiva Brno scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 3.

Nekesa’s club has had a perfect start in the league, winning five of their recent matches and are yet to suffer a defeat this season, currently sitting at the top of the league with 30 points.

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