The Kenya national team Harambee Stars was left reflecting on yet another round of unachieved ambitions in the third round of the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers after losing 0 – 1 to Guinea Bissau on Wednesday 23 March.
Kenya went to the game as favorites, based on rankings as well as past performances in the group but it was the hosts who took early control and cruised well, keeping the Kenyans away from their area.
The hosts’ pressure paid off when Idrissa Camara capitalized on some floppy defending from Harambee Stars back line, more so right-back Musa Mohamed to head home past Arnold Origi on the 19th minute.
Another mistake by Musa Mohamed on the 28th minute as he struggled to settle almost yielded a second goal for Camara but the outstanding David Owino stepped in to save the day.
Kenya had a sigh of relief on the 35th minute as Camara, who had troubled the defence so far walked off with a hamstring injury.
The second half largely belonged to Kenya as Harambee Stars sought the equalizer and coach Stanley Okumbi did well to introduced Anthony Akumu and Jesse Were for Eric Johanna and Patilla Omotto and Akumu had the best chance with a header on 62 minutes but the Guinea keeper saved well.
Kenya will now re-strategize for the return leg to be played in Nairobi on Sunday 27 March.
Kenya dropped to bottom place after the loss with one point from three matches while Guinea Bissau rises to third with four points off three matches.