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National Team Harambee Stars laboured to a 1-1 draw against 10 man Comoros in an AFCON 2021 qualifier match played at the Moi National Stadium, Kasarani.

Comoros’ Les Coelacantes dictated play early in the first half and were rewarded when they took the lead through a well taken Youssouf M’Changama free-kick in the 28th minute.

FC Masr’s Cliff Nyakeya almost equalized for Kenya moments later with a well taken left foot shot but Comoros’ custodian Ahamada was up to the task to prevent it from going in.

Kenya got some breathing space in the 40th minute when goalscorer Youssouf M’Changama was sent off after getting a second yellow card for time wasting with other reports from Kasarani indicating that he tickled the referee

David ‘Calabar’ Owino came in for Samuel Olwande in the second half as Ghost Mulee looked to turn the match around.

Cliff Nyakeya had another great run and gave the ball to Eric Johanna who had a great shot at goal but Ahamada was again alert to take it out for a corner that resulted to nothing.

Ayub Timbe was also denied a goal by Ahamada in the 56th minute after another great run of play from the former Reading FC man.

The Comoros goalkeeper was certainly having a good night as Harambee Stars players found it hard to beat him especially from long range efforts.

Kenya’s efforts paid off in the 68th minute courtesy of a great acrobatic strike from former Kariobangi Sharks man Masoud Juma. He almost had a second moments later but was fouled in the box as he raced towards goal. Libyan referee Mutaz Ibrahim saw nothing wrong with the challenge and waved ‘play on’.

In the 72nd minute John Mark Makwatta came in for Eric Johanna as Ghost looked to bolster his attack in search of a winner.

Captain Victor Wanyama almost gave Kenya the lead in the 75th minute but his effort was cleared off the line.

Goalkeeper Ahamada was again upto the task in the 81st minute to deny John Mark Makwatta.

Ghost made a double substitution moments later with Bandari’s Abdallah Hassan coming in for Ayub Timbe.

Tusker’s Boniface Muchiri came in for Cliff Nyakeya as the push for a winner continued.

Comoros have their goalkeeper Ahamad to thank for making a number of crucial saves deep into stoppage time to ensure his side took home a well deserved point.

The two sides will meet again in 3 days. Wednesday’s draw means that Comoros remains top of group G with five points. Kenya is second on 3 points having drawn all it’s games so far. A win for Egypt against Togo will however take in above Kenya in that group.

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