World Cup Qualifiers: Burundi holds Kenya’s national football team Harambee Star to a 1-1 draw

Kenya’s national football team faces a significant challenge in securing advancement to the next stage of the World Cup Qualifiers.

In a tense World Cup qualifier against Burundi, the Harambee Stars showcased moments of dominance but ultimately settled for a draw.

The result favored Burundi, who now holds an advantage going into the return leg, having secured one point in the fixture.

Kenya took the lead in the second half, courtesy of Duke Abuya from Singinda FC, who found the back of the net in the 72nd minute.

Despite the absence of key players like Joseph Okumu and Masoud Juma, the Harambee Stars displayed prowess in both defense and attack.

Burundi managed to equalize nearly ten minutes later, with substitute Sudi Abdalla capitalizing on a defensive error before slotting the ball past Matasi.

A puzzling substitution by coach Engin Firat, withdrawing Austin Odhimabo for Benson Omalla, failed to yield results, resulting in Kenya dropping two crucial points.

The team’s next challenge awaits against Ivory Coast, the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions, on Tuesday, at the same venue.