Harambee Stars and Uganda Cranes play to a one all draw
Kenya and Uganda played to a one all draw in an international friendly match played at Kasarani on Sunday.
A stellar second half performance saw Kenya’s Harambee Stars play to a 1-1 draw with Uganda Cranes in a friendly match at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday. Kenneth Muguna tapped home a second half equalizer to cancel out Emmanuel Okwi’s opener for the Cranes.
Stars put up a massive second half performance, holding Uganda by their horns and should have won the game with Michael Olunga striking the post while Whyvonne Isuza’s tap in was saved at point blank by the keeper.
The Ugandans started better and it took them 22 minutes to get into the lead, skipper Emmanuel Okwi beating Patrick Matasi one on one after a brilliant no-look pass from Allan Okello. Just earlier, Okwi had shown his threat by forcing Matasi to a full stretched save.
Khalid Aucho also had a good opportunity when he won the ball off Lawrence Juma, but his left footed shot flew straight into keeper Patrick Matasi’s arms.
Kenya was forced to chase most of the game and didn’t threaten much until the 33rd minute when a brilliant Ayub Timbe run set up Eric Johannah whose shot was well saved by the Cranes keeper.
Kimanzi was forced into a change with Uganda dominating the midfield, debutant Collins Agade coming off for Whyvonne Isuza. It did some bit of stabilizing as the Ugandans were walking all over Kenya’s centre of the pack.
In the second half, Kenya came back an improved lot, and got back in contention six minutes after the restart when Muguna tapped home off a Timbe cross after some industrious run from Eric Ouma set up the winger.
Kenya had drawn level after dodging a bullet when Mustafa Kizza’s freekick from the right came off the post. Kenya improved in confidence after scoring and Michael Olunga came close in the 57th minute but his effort was blocked by the keeper.
Six minutes later, the Ugandan keeper Charles Lukwago made a massive save, blocking Isuza’s tap in at point blank off a Johannah cross. Kenya increased the tempo but remained unlucky with Olunga’s well curled effort coming off the upright while Ayub Timbe hit the side netting with a late attempt.