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Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 20:19 EAT
Kenya's senior national football team Harambee Stars had nothing to write home after they were held to a barren draw by Malawi in an international friendly match at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos. Among those who watched the match was Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad, who was on transit from Somalia. Ahmad, a Madagascan, declined to grant a press interview.
Harambee Stars, coached by Stanley Okumbi, used the match as part of their build up for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), a CAF event that is restricted to home-based players. Kenya is set to host the 16-team event slated for January 11-February 2 at four venues - Nyayo National Stadium, Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani, Kinoru Stadium in Meru and Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret.
Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos will be on standby, and will only be used if the need arises. In today's friendly, Kenya enjoying home advantage, saw Kevin Onyango come close to scoring in the 10th minute, but he shot over the crossbar from the edge of the box. Malawi's got chances in the 30th minute, first Simeon Singa’ freekick on the left went inches over Patrick Matasi’s goal before Gilbert Chirwa's shot from close range went wide.
Coach Okumbi fielded home-based players for the friendly, which Kenya also used for FIFA Ranking purposes.