A lethargic Kenya U-23 team crashed out of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers after going down 2-0 on aggregate to Sudan on Tuesday.
The hosts created several chances but they were plain blunt upfront as striker Pistone Mutamba looked tired, substitute Sydney Lokale had little effect while Ovella Ochieng could have done better if he was a bit generous with his ball distribution.
Sudan, on the other side, came to defend the 2-0 lead they handed the Francis Kimanzi led side in Khartoum last week. They ran down the clock with every available chance that came their way with tactical discipline at the back.
Mutamba missed a golden chance from close range, a goal that could have given the hosts' hopes of a possible comeback as they needed to win 3-0 to advance.
The Sofapaka striker, who was summoned to beef up the attack, after taking part in the Afcon qualifiers with the senior team on Saturday, had little effect to the junior side.
Mutamba failed to connect a simple tap-in after he was fed by James Kinyanjui from the right flank. A mean Ovella Ochieng' blew another opportunity after he opted for power instead, of setting an unmarked Ibrahim Shambi.
Kenya came back in the second half with a renewed vigor. An appeal for a penalty fell on deaf ears as the referee waved play on. Ovella curled a free kick, but the Sudanese custodian made a full stretch save for a fruitless corner.
An unlucky Kenya once again came close, but Mutamba’s backheel after a hard working Sudan’s goalkeeper blocked Shambi’s strike, hit the post as the visitors survived a scare.
Kenya eliminated Mauritius in the first round and were keen to progress and take part in the Afcon finals set to be staged in Egypt from September.
The winner of the tournament in Cairo will book a slot into the 2020 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan.
Kenya U-23 XI: Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Yusuf Nasri Mainge, David Owino, Johnstone Omurwa, Mike Kibwage, Sven Yidah, Ibrahim Shambi, Ovella Ochieng, James Mazembe, James Kinyanjui and Pistone Mutamba.
Substitutes: Brian Bwire (GK), Moses Mudavadi, Teddy Osok, Tobias Otieno, Alwyn Tera, Sydney Lokale, Curtis Wekesa and John Avire.