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Bayo late equaliser denies Kenya victory against Uganda

The national team Harambee Stars surrendered a 1 nil lead to draw 1-1 in FIFA World Cup qualifying match staged at St Mary’s Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Fahad Bayo scored a controversial goal on 88 minutes as Uganda Cranes rallied from behind to draw with Kenya in their return leg fixture that saw Stars head coach Engin Firat name Georgia based Amos Nondi and Anthony Wambani in the starting lineup.

Team captain Michael Olunga had headed home the opener at the hour mark after meeting Kenneth Muguna’s freekick at the back-post, but as the Kenyans thought they were heading for a famous victory over their rivals, Bayo poked home from Brian Bwire’s hands.

The clash had little to no significance for Kenya as they were already out of the running to play at next year’s Fifa World Cup in Qatar.The team was seeking their first one on its fifth attempt in the qualifiers following draws with Uganda and Rwanda as well as back-to-back losses against Mali.

After the draw, Kenya are still third in the Group E standings with three points after five matches played. Uganda are second with nine points and Mali lead the log with 10 points ahead of their return leg against Rwanda later today.

Kenya has now failed to beat Uganda in the past six years. The two rivals have played out to four draws in their last four meetings, with Kenya’s latest victory coming way back in 2015 when they beat Uganda 2-0 in the Senior CECAFA Challenge.

Firat’s charges who have already been eliminated from the qualifiers will now fly back home to clash with the Amavubi of Rwanda in their final dead rubber match on Tuesday at Nyayo Stadium.

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