The Kenya national team Harambee Stars registered a second 1 – 1 draw in as many days, in the friendly match against Sudan on Tuesday 31 May at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.
Kenya labored for long spells in the match with the only real scare having come on the opening minute of the match courtesy of Wycliffe Ochomo who got to the end of Eric Ouma’s cross but his attempt crashed off the post and back to play.
The match, Ochomo’s only second in national team colors after making a substitute’s appearance against Tanzania should have ended in jubilation but after missing the early chance, he was once again denied by the offside flag on the half hour mark.
That was before Tyrus Omondi gave away easy possession in the midfield and Nazar Hamid latched on to the ball and raced in before unleashing a low shot past David Okello in goal.
Stanley Okumbi’s men had a chance to level ten minutes to the break but Ali Abondo’s free kick from the left channel was fruitless after Ouma had been brought down in full flight by Athar Eltahir.
The coach introduced Spain based Ismail Gonzalez in the second half and the youngster gave a good account of himself on his debut as he lessened the burden in midfield while still posing a threat going forward.
Kenya got the equalizer late on, with Ajax Cape Town midfielder Ali Victor Abondo delivering a corner kick that was headed in by his Maritzburg United counterpart Brian Mandela.
The team will now go back to camp and continue with preparations for the match against Congo Brazzaville in the 2017 AFCON qualifiers on Sunday 5 June.