Kenya 0-0 Malawi: Wasteful Harambee Stars held at home

Kenya came into the match fresh from a ten match unbeaten run, including two recent matches against Uganda and Congo

Harambee Stars extended her unbeaten run to eleven games after playing to a barren draw against Malawi on Tuesday.

The Harambee Stars came into the match fresh from a ten match unbeaten run, including two recent matches against Uganda Cranes and DR Congo and the match against Malawi was meant to gauge the ability of the home-based players. With the absence of Musa Mohammed and Haron Shakava, Jockins Atudo had to play with Robinson Kamura at the heart of Kenyan defense, with Kariobangi Sharks man Bolton Omwenga going wide.

It was the Flames, who started the match well, threatening from the wing, but the first real chance fell to Calvin Odongo in the sixth minute, but his shot went straight at the goalkeeper. Four minutes later, Samuel Onyango was played in well by Odongo, but his fierce shot from the edge of the eighteen yard box skied over the cross bar.

It could have been a costly miss for the home team as Chimanga Kayira was flicked on by Kelvin Hangwanda but his effort did not trouble keeper Patrick Matasi. In the 25th minute, Bandari  winger Darius Msagha was gifted the ball by Stanley Sanudi, but he failed to do anything meaningful with it as he did not hit the target. As the game wore on, the home team continued pressing, but still, none managed to hit the target as the half time whistle blew.

After the break, Kenya started well and could have done better with Samuel Onyango, however, the front line seemed blunt as they looked disjointed. It was a match that saw less action in the Malawi side, especially in the second half, but coach Stanley Okumbi will be happy with his side considering the team has gone eleven matches without a loss.

The Flames will travel for Madagascar where they will play in a Chan qualifier on April 23.

Kenya XI: Patrick Matasi, Jockins Atudo, Bolton Omwenga, Robinson Kamura, Simon Mbugua, Duncan Otieno, Victor Majid, Samuel Onyango, Kennedy Otieno, Darius Msagha, and Calvin Odongo.

Subs: James Saruni, Brian Birgen, Collins Odhiambo, Geoffrey Kataka, Shami Mwinyi, Daniel Mwaura, Morven otinya, Chrispinus Onyango, David Mwangi, Amos Asembeka, Masita Masuta.

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