Tottenham beat Ajax in a thrilling Champions League semifinal. The North London team overcome a first-leg deficit to beat the Dutch team using the away goals rule.
But that isn’t the only interesting fact about the result. The two teams that will meet are English teams with Kenyan sons in them.
Tottenham is blessed with the talents of Victor Wanyama while Liverpool has Divock Origi on their team. Not only that, Victor will join his older brother, Macdonald Mariga by featuring in a champions league final.
The two have had differing paths onto the global masterpiece. Wanyama attended Kamukunji High School, then also played with JMJ Academy for three years during which time he also joined Kenyan Premier League clubs Nairobi City Stars and AFC Leopards.
In 2007, he joined Allsvenskan club Helsingborg but after the departure of his brother McDonald Mariga to Serie A side Parma in 2008, Wanyama returned to Kenya.
He then joined Beerschot AC in 2008 and later on went to join Celtic in 2011. In 2013, he moved to Southampton. His big break happened when Tottenham came calling in 2016 and he has been a regular fixture there ever since.
Meanwhile, Divock was born in Belgium. His father is former Kenyan international, Mike Okoth. Origi played at Genk youth academy for 10 years before joining French club Lille in 2010.
A year and a half later, he was signed for £10 million by Liverpool, who loaned him back to Lille for the 2014–15 Ligue 1 season. On Tuesday, his two-goal masterclass against Barcelona helped book his team into the Champions League final.
Now the two will meet on the world stage despite their disparate upbringings.
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