guiReigning Spanish champions Barcelona last night suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat in the hands of Celta Vigo.

Forward Nolito opened the scoring in the 26th minute before Iago Aspas scoring two in the 30th and 56th minute. Neymar made it 3-1 in the 80th minute to give hope of a Barca comeback, but John Guidetti made sure that did not happen by making 4-1 in the 83rd minute.

Guidetti is a 23 year old centre forward with a strong Kenyan connection. He grew up in his native Sweden as well as Kenya, where his father worked as a teacher. Between 2003 and 2004, he was a youth player at Mathare United before ‘Ligi Ndogo’ until 2005.

He returned to Sweden in 2008 and played with IF Brommapojkarna when at the age of 16 he earned a move to English club Manchester City. 

He joined Dutch club Feyenoord on loan for the 2011–12 season where he scored 20 goals in 23 games before a virus ended his time in the Netherlands. In January 2014 Guidetti joined Stoke City on loan until the end of the 2013–14season, and in September of that year he was loaned to Scottish champions Celtic for the following season, winning the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup. In July 2015, Guidetti signed for Celta de Vigo after his City contract expired. (Wikipedia)

Guidetti spent 5 years living in Kenya, a period he says helped him develop on and off the pitch.

“That period was very important for my development, both on and off the pitch. I played football barefoot in the slum areas of Nairobi and I came into contact with local people and their culture. I still have a strong link with Kenya and every time I go back there I always get a warm welcome.” Guidetti on his Kenyan time.

Well, here’s another Kenyan or half-Kenyan doing well abroad.

His goal against Barcelona.