Kenya 1-1 Burundi: Olunga rescues draw for Stars

Kenya came from behind to force a draw against Burundi in on-going Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Ethiopia

Harambee Stars battled to a 1-1 draw against Burundi in their second match of Group ‘A’ played on Wednesday.

Kenya started the match on a high note trying to get an early goal, and it could have taken an early lead in 5th minute only for Karim Nizigiyimana to rob out Michael Olunga from a good scoring position. The Burundians reacted by steadying their ship trying to attack from all angles, a move which paid off in the 11th minute when Amisi Tambwe scored from Fwadi Ndayisenga's pass to give his side the advantage.

Harambee Stars increased their tempo after conceding the opener with Clifton Miheso and Erick Johanna pushing with intentions of feeding Jacob Keli and Michael Olunga, who took Jesse Were's position. Both sides pressed with different intentions, Burundi pushing for the second goal, and Kenya trying to get an equalizer with the main battle witnessed in the midfield as players tried to outsmart each other.

With less than five minutes remaining, Miheso floated the ball into the danger zone to Jacob Keli, who did well to head it down for Olunga to hold off the opponent and place the ball into the net to make it even for Harambee Stars in the 41st minute.

The second half saw both teams pressing for the lead with Kenya looking a better side. Both tacticians were forced into substitutions which observed Burundi bring in Shassir Nahimana in place of Tambwe while Bobby Williamson rested Collins 'Gattuso' Okoth for Christian Bwamy. 

Kenya continued pressing with Burundi custodian Arakaza forced into making several saves to deny the defending champions especially the ever dangerous Olunga with Anthony Akumu missing narrowly later on. The result means Kenya and Burundi are joint leaders in Group ‘B’ with four points apiece with Uganda having three as Zanzibar lie in the bottom of the table without a point.