Harambee Stars kicked off their 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifiers with a very positive 1-1 draw with the record African Champions Egypt. Stars went behind in the first half but Micheal Olunga leveled matters in the second half as Francis Kimanzis men held on for the point.
Below we rate the Harambee Stars players.
Otieno was introduced in the first ten minutes after Patrick Matasi suffered an injury early one. He held his own and the lone goal he conceded was from a poor backpass from midfield.
He was commanding of his area and apart from a few sloppy moments, he dealt well with high balls.
The Kariobangi Sharks man struggled in the opening periods as the Pharaohs concentrated their attacks on his flank. He did hold his won but it is easy to see that the team could do better with a better player at right-back.
The left-back did his defensive duties very impressively and gave the Egyptians lots to think about with his marauding forward runs. Always a class act whenever he plays for the national team.
Looked shaky at times but grew into the match as did the rest of the team. His passing from the back still looks a bit below standard.
The young center back is a joy to watch. He reads the game perfectly and cuts out attacks before they even start. His most impressive feature, however, has to be his wide range of passing. Okumu will be a mainstay at the heart of the defense fo years to come.
The captain had his best game for the national team in long while. He guarded the backline perfectly and dictated the tempo of the match for the Harambee Stars.
It was his error that led to the goal Kenya conceded. He did have a good game but the mistake stands out and affects his overall score.
Not the best game from the former Mathare United midfielder but he was effective in connecting the midfield with the attack. He was subbed off on the hour mark.
Harambee Stars most dangerous player, he should have scored in the first half after a brilliant solo un but shot straight at the keeper. Kept the Egypt defense on toes all through the match.
Clearly not a winger but did his best on the right flank. Showed some good flashes with his passing and shooting. He, however, needs to work on his defensive duties.
After a few matches without finding the net for the team. Kenya’s main man again delivered the goods with a well-taken finish in the second half. He was a very good target man for the long balls and bullied the Egypt defenders all match.