Kenya captain Victor Wanyama was red carded minutes after coming on as Harambee Stars claimed a barren draw against Burundi in friendly match
A rusty HarambeeStars side were held to a barren draw by visiting Burundi in an international friendly match played at Nyayo Stadium on Tuesday.
Stars were reduced to ten men early in the second half when team captain Victor Wanyama was sent off for alleged dissent.
The team was using this build up as part of their preparations for the forth-coming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho on Sunday in Maseru.
Stars showed lethargy in attack and had no clear cut chance in the entire first half though the visitors showed more urgency to get ahead. In 19th minute, Amisi Tambwe was denied by Wilson Obungu in the Kenyan goal when the Bandari goalkeeper came out quickly to deflect a low ground shot that was destined for the net and this earned the visitors their first corner of the match.
Then three minutes later, Paul Kiongera's free-kick did not give any trouble to Innocent Mboni in the Burundi goal. One minute later from a 1-2 move between Jockins Atudo and James Situma earned Stars their first corner of the match as the Burundi goalkeeper was forced out of his line to clear the danger.
The home side had one more chance to score just before the break but Mboni denied Jockins Atudo from a well taken header. When the second half kicked-off, Stars made four changes resting Paul Kiongera, Godfrey Kataka, Stephen Ocholla and Brian Osumba for Macdonald Mariga, Peter Opiyo, Victor Wanyama and Francis Kahata.
But it was the visitors, who had first opportunity at goal early in second half but Rashid Hererimana's attempted shot at goal did not bother Wilson Obungu. The newly introduced Mariga made first shot at goal for Stars at the hour mark but his effort went wide.
Five minutes later Kenyan captain Victor Wanyama brought down an opponent but when he stood up the centre referee flushed a red at him.
Despite their inferior number, Stars raided their opponents goal for a better part of the last quarter of the match with Francis Kahata's well taken free-kick on the edge of the box being the highlight of this efforts.
Stars will be disappointed by the result coming just days before an important fixture but then again the technical bench should draw some important lessons from the match.