Mariga’s Latina relegated to Italian third division tier

McDonald Mariga

Turin, ITALIA: Kenyan international McDonald Mariga’s glittering career has taken  another twist in the Italian football, after his club US Latina was dropped from the second division tier over the weekend.

Latina sank to Serie C which is the third division in the Italian league’s ranking after enduring a pathetic season that saw them finish bottom in the 22-team table, on 32 points after 42 rounds of matches.

This means Mariga who made headlines in 2010 when he became the first and the only East African player to win UEFA Champions League title while at Inter Milan under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho, will now feature in the lower league should he stick with the current employer.

The former Harambee Stars midfield kingpin besides Inter Milan, had previously featured for FC Parma which was also relegated from the top tier league to Serie B, following financial constraints and poor results.

In contrast, while Mariga was having a bad day in the Italian soil, his younger brother Victor Mugubi Wanyama had a season to remember in the English Premier League.

The Harambee Stars’ skipper formed an integral part of Tottenham Hot Spurs team that finished the league on 86 points, seven behind newly crowned champions Chelsea.

Wrapping up on the d-day where Spurs routed relegated Hull City side 7-1, Wanyama was among the scorers just days after having scored against Manchester United in the 2-1 success.