The Harambee Stars of Kenya were held to a 1-1 draw by the Falcons of Jediane, Sudan in a friendly match played at Kasarani Nairobi on Tuesday.

The visitors were close to a win thanks to a stoppage time goal from defender and captain of the day Brian Mandela, who cancelled out Nazar Hamid’s 24th minutes strike for Sudan.

The Falcons took the lead in the 24th minute. Joseph Mbugi was dispossessed by Nazar Hamid, who in turn released an unstoppable shot from outside the 18-yard box, to put his side ahead.

Host Kenya ended the match with ten men in the dying minutes after Kahata was sent off following a second bookable offence.

Both Nations was using the test contest as groundwork for their respective Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.

Host Kenya will battle Congo Brazzaville on June 5 in Group E, while Sudan will be away to Sierra Leone in a crunch tie.

Kenya Starting XI: David Okello (GK), Musa Mohammed, Brian Mandela, Joseph Okumu, Erick Ouma, Joseph Mbugi (Francis Kahata 32’), Tyrus Omondi (Ismael Gonzalez 46’), Paul Were (Jeffery Owiti 78’), Ovella Ochieng’ (Cliff Miheso 54’), Wycliffe Ochomo (Jesse Were 53’)

Unused subs: Lucas Indeche (GK), Ian Otieno (GK), Amos Nondi,

Sudan Starting XI: 1.Akram Elhadi, 16.Mudathir Eltayeb (Bakhiet Khamis 81’),18. Amir Kamal (Omer Mahmoud 70’) 6.Ali Jafar,3.Malawia Bashir,15.Athar Eltahir, 14.Abu Abdalla, 7.Ramadhan Agab (2.Eltahir Elhag 78’),13.Nazar Hamid,12.Salah Ibrahim,10.Mohaned Tahir

Unused Subs:1. Awad E l Karim (GK) 5.Salaheldin Mahmoud, 19.Mohamed Ahmed,9.Mohamed Abdelmoniem,14. Omer Mahmoud

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