Liverpool would probably not have reached this seasons UEFA Champions League final had it not been for an unlikely event involving Kabwe Warriors 31 Years ago.

In 1988 Kabwe Warriors met a Kenyan Club called Shabana FC in the Caf Champions Clubs Cup Second Round.

Shabana were a big club in Kenya and had just beaten Warriors 1-0 in the first leg in Kenya and were looking forward to the second leg which was to played in Zambia on the 15th of May 1988.

The anticipation was too much for Shabana howeveras they failed to handle the pressure shipping in 4 goals as Kabwe Warriors won 4-1 to reach the Quater Finals.

The 4-1 loss was the turning point in the career of Shabana goalkeeper Mike Okoth who at the time was among the best Goalkeepers in Kenya but after conceding 4 goals he immediately quit being a goalkeeper and decided to become a striker.

The move saw Okoth become one of the best strikers in Kenyan football as he helped the Kenyan National team qualify for the 1990 AFCON as well as AFCON 1992.

Okoth’s talent did not go unnoticed and he earned himself a move to Belgium where he played for Several sides including Genk until he retired in 2006.

Well Okoth is the father to Liverpool striker Divock Origi whose brace helped them beat Barcelona 4-0 in the Uefa Champions League Semi Finals as Liverpool reached a second straight Champions League Final.

Now without Okoth conceding 4 goals to Warriors he would probably have never changed position and never have moved to Belgium and Divock would probably have never played for Liverpool.

But then again Liverpool may still have won yesterdays match, who knows.

What is interesting to note however is how results and decisions in one continent decades ago can have an effect years later in another continent.

It is indeed a small world.




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