In Summary
  • The result leaves Kenya with a mountain to climb in the return leg next week having gifted Zambia two cheap away goals
  • Zambia then took the lead against the run of play when Chanda connected to Barbara Randa's delivery from a freekick
  • Odhiambo scored in the 75th minute after Hazel failed to hold onto a shot but disastrous defending allowed Kundanaji to level almost immediately

Kenya's Harambee Starlets played out a 2-2 draw with Zambia's Shepolopolo in the first leg fourth round 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifier at Kasarani on Friday.

The result leaves Kenya with a mountain to climb in the return leg next week having gifted Zambia two cheap away goals.

Shepolopolo opened the scoring through Grace Chanda in the 13th minute before Marthe Tembo's own goal at the half hour drew the hosts level. Vvian Odhiambo sent Starlets ahead in the 75th minute but the joy was short-lived as Zambia levelled through Rachel Kundananji a minute later.

Harambee Starlet coach David Ouma rued poor defending for the draw.

"The defence was shaky and anxiety among the players was also high but we are going to work on that for the next match," said Ouma.

"I believe Zambia are not that tough, they just got lucky. We will be aiming for better results in the second leg because all is not lost yet," he added.

Zambia coach Bruce Mwape admitted Starlets was the better side.

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