Kenyan youngster Zech Obiero made his professional debut for English fourth-tier side Leyton Orient as the club edged Crawley Town 2-0 on Saturday evening.
Goals in each half from Theo Archibald and Aaron Drinan gave Leyton Orient their third win in the last four Sky Bet League Two away games with a 2-0 much needed victory.
Obiero, son of former Gor Mahia player Henry Obiero, signed a two and a half year deal with the club in February this year , making him an Orient player until the summer of 2024.
😃 "I can't stop smiling!"
We caught up with a chuffed Zech Obiero, who made his full Football League debut aged 17 today.
— Leyton Orient (@leytonorientfc) April 30, 2022
An 18 year old technically gifted central midfielder who has progressed through the academy since joining at age 16 caught the eye in pre-season, scoring a thunderbolt from long range, in an Orient XI game against Dulwich Hamlet.
“He’s technically very good, exciting, can score goals, and is an all round player. He has energy and can work box-to-box, and is starting to learn the defensive side of the game too. Orient has a history of producing good young players, it’s almost like a tradition, so long may it continue. We all play our part in players like Zech ” Academy coach Brian Saah was quoted.
Crawley have now lost three games in succession following the suspension of head coach John Yems pending an investigation over serious allegations.
Orient head coach Richie Wellens admitted complacency played a part in last week’s 4-2 home defeat by Northampton and called on his men to raise their game at a time in the season when “it kills you not playing for anything.”
His elder brother, Micah Obiero, on the other side, is also making good progress and writing history in English football while featuring for Huddersfield Town that plays in the championship division.
Unlike his brother Zech who is a midfielder, Micah is a forward. The technically talented forward started his career by joining the Town Academy in 2016 having had a successful trial season with another academy, XYZ, that is based in London.
In 2019, he became a top scorer for the Under 18 side as well as registering his name in the FA Youth cup score sheet.