Harambee Stars coach Sebastian Migne started his reign with a loss against lowly ranked Swaziland in a friendly played on Friday.
It was the fourth time the two countries were facing each other; Kenya coming into the match as favourites considering the fact that they had won two of the last three encounters.
After an impressive run with his club, Gor Mahia's Boniface Oluoch was reinstated in goal, with FK Tirana’s defender Eric Ouma making a return while AFC Leopards ace Michael Kibwage was handed his senior debut.
It was the home team that started brightly, with Ovella Ochieng and Francis Kahata troubling their markers. However, the duo lacked the cutting edge in the danger zone as they failed to hit the back of the net.
Tony Tsabedze, Felix Benderhorst and Barry Stenkamp troubled the opposing defense, but neither of the two sides could find an opener in the first half.
After the break, the bright Stars continued to press for that elusive opener, but a well organized Swazi defense soaked pressure to contain Migne’s charges.
Ouma was cautioned in the 50th minute following his mistimed lounge against an opponent outside the eighteen-yard area, and the resulting free-kick narrowly missed the target.
Three minutes later, Whyvonne Isuza unleashed a good header after connecting a well-delivered cross from the left flank, but it went wide with the goalkeeper well beaten.
Sabedze, Njabulo Ndlovu and Felix Bendenhorst combined well, but Jockins Atudo read the mood to clear the potential goal scoring opportunity.
After an hour mark, Kenya escaped the crocodile's jaws when Ndlovu beat an offside trap, but his lofted ball was saved by Oluoch. Minutes later, the custodian was called into action to deny the visitors after a good shot was unleashed from outside the danger zone.
The pressure from the King Mswati men finally paid dividends with about fifteen minutes to go. The ball was played in the danger zone and Barry Stenkamp beat the defender to slot past Oluoch for the lone goal.
Once again, the handful of fans, who turned to cheer the home team, went home disappointed.
Kenya Starting XI: Boniface Oluoch (GK), Jockins Atudo, Erick Ouma, Michael Kibwage, Joash Onyango, Duncan Otieno, Patillah Omotto, Philemon Otieno, Francis Nyambura, Kinyangi Isuza and Ovella Ochieng.
Reserves: Patrick Matasi (GK), Timothy Odhiambo (GK), Humphrey Mieno, Marvin Nabwire, Chrispin Oduor, Jaffary Owiti, Mutamba Pistone, Musa Mohamed, Wasambo Vincent, Timothy Otieno and Shakava Harun.