Ten-man Comoros retained top spot in Group G after holding hosts Kenya to a 1-1 draw in their Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani in Nairobi on Wednesday.
Masud Juma scored Kenya’s equalizer in the 65th minute with an overhead kick, cancelling out Youssouf M’changama’s first-half opener.
Comoros who had the better share of chances in the opening half went to the break leading 1-0 but with a man down after M’Changama was shown red for a second bookable offence five minutes before halftime.
The forward had scored the opener in the 26th minute, his swerving free-kick deflecting off the wall and beating keeper Arnold Origi. However he turned from hero to villain when he received his marching orders after 40 minutes.
The home side had the game’s biggest chance of the opening exchanges, defender Brian Mandela seeing his header go inches wide after being picked out by an Ayub Timbe free-kick.
The visitors kept their patience and as the half wore on, they got their rhythm. In the 22nd minute, they had a glorious opportunity when Mmadi Ali broke through on goal to face Origi one on one, but he placed his shot wide.
They, however, went 1-0 up four minutes later, M’changama’s deflected freekick leaving Origi flat footed.
Kenya were awoken off their slumber and were more intent in the attack. Cliff Nyakeya’s 31st-minute shot was blocked away by the keeper after some good individual run. Five minutes later, Kenya were handed a numerical advantage when M’changama was sent off.
In the second half Kenya came back with only an attacking mindset as they camped in the visitors’ half. The home side made a chance when Nyakeya cut back the ball for Johannah, but his shot was deflected for a corner.
Two minutes later, Timbe had a chance when he twisted and turned away from his marker on the left, but his shot was lame.
On the hour mark Nadjim Abdou cleared the ball off the line from Johannah Omollo’s shot off a Masud cut back. But five minutes later, the home side was level when Masud swung in an overhead kick off Eric Johannah’s cross.
The home side kept the attack going and Abdou once again made an off the line clearance denying Wanyama who beat the keeper with a low tap off a David Owino pass.
Harambee Stars kept the pressure, but couldn’t get the winner, leaving them with three points off back to back draws. Comoros remained top of the group with five points.
Egypt hosts Togo in the Group G other fixture on Saturday in Cairo.
Guinea 1-0 Chad
Meanwhile in Conakry, Guinea took control of Group A after picking their second win with a 1-o victory over Chad.
Mady Camara scored the lone goal in the 44th minute of the match with a bouncing volley after Naby Keita’s shot was blocked, the keeper making a mess of the ball as he punched it into the net.
The victory sees Guinea move to seven points on top of the standings while Chad are bottom with no point after three successive loses.
Namibia and Mali play in the other group fixture on Friday.