The national under 23 were on Sunday knocked out of the All Africa games after a 1-1 draw with Egypt at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Kenya lost the first leg 3-0 in Cairo and needed to win by at least four goals to nil to proceed to the next round.
The first few minutes of the match was exciting with the hosts holding off their opponents and winning in terms of ball possession. Kenyans coach Bobby Williamson preferred using an all-attack approach starting with three strikers upfront with Michael Olinga, Timothy Otieno and Enock Agwanda all starting.
The deadlock was however broken by Egypt in the 22nd minute, after Egypt’s captain Mahmou Abdelmonem Soliman was brought down on the penalty area. The captain safely converted the resultant penalty past Kenya’s goalkeeper Ian Otieno to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Timothy Otieno and Olunga were involved in a nice one-two a few minutes after the first goal with the latter getting clear and drawing a shot which was well-cleared by Egypt’s defender Mohamed Adel to keep the visitors ahead.
Kenya continued were involved in a series of attacks which finally paid off in the 36th minute when Olunga was fouled on the penalty area and the referee awarded the penalty. Omumbo stepped up from the spot to draw matters level at 1-1.
Kenya continued to press on in the second half to try and increase the deficit but it was not as easy with the Egyptian rock-solid defense coming up to their task. Timothy Otieno was particularly impressive, and on the 66th minute brought a cross that met midfielder Victor Ndinya who headed it directly to the goalkeeper. Ndinya however tried to mend the ribbon when he teed off two audacious shots towards Egypt’s goal but the goalkeeper Mossad Awad displayed his goalkeeping prowess maintaining the scores at 1-1, the match ending a draw.