The Zambia national team needed a late equalizer to hold Kenya to a 1 – 1 draw in the last of Group E qualifiers for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) clash staged in Ndola, Zambia.
The match was a dead rubber clash for both teams as they wouldn’t have qualified for the tournament no matter the result.
At the start of the clash it was Zambia who dominated the proceedings with their skipper Rainford Kalaba posing most of the threats while Kenya seemed content to absorb the early pressure as they grew in the game.
Kenya captain Victor Wanyama played a pivotal role as the team grew slowly into the game and managed to pose threats of their own with a series of attacks, having employed a long – balls strategy.
The first half ended all barren but the second half started with fireworks, as both teams showed great hunger.
It was Kenya who drew the first blood with Wanyama providing an assist with one of his long passes to pick out Ayub Timbe who outpaced the Zambia defence before looping the ball past the advancing Jacob Banda.
Kenya was on course for a famous win but a lapse in concentration and poor marking on the 87th minute saw Rainford Kalaba, unmarked at the far post, beat Boniface Oluoch to score the equalizer.
The result left Kenya bottom of the group on five points and Zambia third on seven.
Meanwhile, after 38 years out, Uganda is back on the continental radar after qualifying for the 2017 tournament with a 1 – 0 win over Comoros.
Farouk Miya scored the lone goal that saw Uganda leap to the top of Group D with 13 points after Burkina Faso and Botswana played to a 1 – 1 draw.