Harambee Stars began their qualifying campaign for the 2014 African Nations Championships in disappointing fashion, after suffering a 1-0 defeat to Burundi in Bujumbura in the first leg of the preliminary round of the qualifiers tie played on Sunday.
The Kenyan national team - managed by newly appointed assistant coach James Nandwa, seemed to have a grip on the proceedings from onset in this tie played at the Stade Prince Louis Rwagasore stadium, but the visitors were surprised on the half hour mark after forward Christpohe Nduarigia capitalized on some slack defending to slot the ball past a hapless Duncan Ochieng.
Nandwa, who has just led the Kenyan team to the runners-up spot at the just concluded 2012 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, had opted for a twin strike force of Wesley Kemboi and Mungai Kiongera, but was left frustrated as the duo - who are yet to score in three fixtures for the national team - missed a host of half chances.
Kenya now has to win the return leg - scheduled to be played in Nairobi - by two clear goals, to be assured of a place in the next and final round of the qualifying games where Sudan awaits the winner of this duel.
The African Nations Championships is a newly introduced continental tournament, who's participating players are restricted to those plying their trade in their respective countries only.