The Harambee Stars of Kenya have picked up their second point in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers after holding hosts Rwanda to a 1-1 draw in Kigali on Sunday September 5.
Qatar based professional Michael Olunga Ogada gave Kenya the lead after 9 minutes at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo.
Olunga made no mistake finishing past the Rwanda goalkeeper Emery Mvuyekure who fumbled to stop Daniel Sakari Macheso’s freekick.
The Harambee Stars looked the better side from kick off with Olunga having his first attempt saved by the goalkeeper. Rwanda’s Djihad Bizimana also had his shot at goal missed by inches after 8 minutes.
Defender Abdoul Rwatubyaye leveled matters for Rwanda after 21 minutes with a fine header after the Kenyan defenders failed to clear their lines. Rwanda coach Vincent Mashami was forced to make an early substitution bringing Meddi Kagere for injured Lague Byiringiro.
In the second half Rwanda started on a high with their goalkeeper Ian Aubrey Otieno punching out a shot after 47 minutes. The two teams looked much settled and pushed forward to look for more goals.
Olunga had another chance for Kenya when he dribbled past a defender in the box and instead fired the ball over the goal after 57 minutes.
Rwanda’s skipper Haruna Niyonzima was later booked for bringing down substitute Boniface Muchiri after 82 minutes.
The two teams tried to create more scoring opportunities, but failed to find the goals.
The draw takes Kenya to second place in Group E behind Mali who beat Rwanda 1-0 in the opening match last week.
The Eagles of Mali will face Uganda Cranes in Kampala on Monday September 6. After drawing with Kenya last week in Nairobi, Uganda will be hoping to make use of their home advantage.
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