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Harambee Stars Held To Disappointing 1-1 Draw By Burundi

Harambee Stars Held To Disappointing 1-1 Draw By Burundi

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Harambee Stars were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by minnows Burundi in their third 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group F match, played at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe, Malawi.

In what was an uninspiring match, Burundi walked away the happier side as they recorded their maiden win against Kenya in the past 12 years.

Despite the absence of the injured Joseph Okumu and Masoud Juma Harambee Stars dominated the game and showed depth in defence and attacking department.

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Stars coach Engin Firat handed a debut to  IF Elfsborg youngster Timothy Ouma and returned of Cliffton Miheso of AFC Leopards after a long period.

The duo formed a great partnership as they led the line upfront but their ball deliveries could not hit the target.

The two players troubled Burundi in both attacks alongside Michael Olunga helping in creating chances and were awesome when it came to defense, interchanging positions beautifully.

Harambee Stars were the first to threaten with Richard Odada and Timothy Ouma coming close in quick succession.

First, Odada saw his long range shot go wide before a close attempt by Ouma narrowly missed the target in the 12th and 17th minutes respectively.

Burundi then showed their intent with their own raids as they showed they had not come to sit back and rely on counter attacks.

The match became a ding dong affair thereafter with both sides manufacturing gilt edged chances.

Kenya took the lead in the 71st minute after second-half substitute Austin Odhiambo launched an attack from the left.

The Gor Mahia's attacking midfielder passed the ball to Duke Abuya whose stinging shot was initially blocked but he swiftly followed up with a rebound, giving Ndikumana no chance to react.

Despite taking the lead, Kenya continued to ask questions and Olunga had a clear chance in the 73rd minute but somehow shot over the bar.

Burundi found an equalizer in the 85th minute after a costly blunder and miscommunication in Kenya's defense.

Daniel Anyembe lost possession in the penalty area, and Burundi swiftly capitalized on the mistake as Sudi Abdallah seized the opportunity, coolly placing the ball past goalkeeper Matasi to level the score. 

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Source: PULSE Sport

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