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COSAFA Cup: Kenya 2 Lesotho 2

8 July 2013 21:13

Kenya and Lesotho got their respective COSAFA Cup campaigns under way with a 2-2 draw in Kitwe on Monday.

The game, originally scheduled for Sunday, was postponed so as to allow a number of Kenya's players time to recover from various domestic fixtures and it was an energetic Lesotho who took advantage early on.

A Ralekoti Mokhahlane penalty and Thapelo Tale gave Lesotho a two-goal advantage, but Paul Muigai Kiyongera and Joackins Akubo struck in the dying embers of the match to snatch a point.

After early Kenya pressure, including a number of opportunities from corners, Lesotho's Litsepe Marabe had his side's first chance of the half, forcing a good save from David Owino in the Kenya goal.

Just when it seemed as though the sides would go in at the break goalless, Marabe was fouled from behind in the penalty area two minutes from the end of the half, with Mokhahlane converting to put Lesotho 1-0 up.

Kenya pressed for an equaliser from the off in the second half, with Peter Opiyo testing Phasumane Kholuoe with a well hit long range drive but, after 53 minutes, Lesotho doubled their lead.

David Ochieng mishit a clearance from the back, allowing the ball to fall to man-of-the-match Tale who slotted home to double his side's lead.

However, Kenya showed what they were capable of with a late double as they hauled Lesotho in and claimed an unlikely point.

On 85 minutes, Kiyongera made it 2-1 with a free header before Akubo drew his side level from the spot with just a minute to go.

The point leaves Kenya top of Group B by virtue of alphabetical order over their opponents, with Botswana and Swaziland drawing 0-0 in their first fixture on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Namibia wrapped up qualification from Group A with a 4-2 win over the Seychelles and will face South Africa in the quarter-finals.

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