Kenya side Ulinzi Stars started their campaign for the Military Games trophy with a 2-2 draw against France in a closely fought match played in Azerbaijan on Wednesday.
Evan Amwoka was the toast for the soldiers’ notching the two goals. The army men will now focus their attention on facing World defending champions Algeria in their second match on Friday.
Ulinzi had beaten France 3-0 in last year’s tournament held in Brazil but could not replicate the similar scoreline as France looked more dangerous going forward.
Ulinzi coach Salim Ali was satisfied with the outcome of the match. “I knew we will face a very confident France side especially if you remember what happened the last time the two sides came face to face.
“However, we have ourselves to blame as we had a clear cut chance to win the match in the dying minutes but wasted it.
"Overall, I am impressed with the performance and we are looking forward to the Algeria match on Friday.”
In other results played on the opening day; Algeria and Bahrain drew 0-0.Iraq were the biggest winners hammering Canada 7-0 while hosts Azerbaijan thrashed Mali 4-0, Oman upset Brazil 2-0, Netherlands beat Cameroon 1-0 while Ivory Coast downed Germany 2-0.