colours, started excellently, full of pace and aggressive intent evidenced with a first minute attempt from a corner kick.

Francis Kahata fouled Dukele Dawa 25 yards away from the target at the quarter hour mark, but Gatoch Panom sent the resultant free kick inches wide.

Kenya, for a moment had a cautious approach sitting back to break on the counter and in the 19th minute, Michael Olunga ran into the area onto Eric Johanna’s pass, unleashed a left foot shot that troubled Ethiopia custodian Samson Asefa before his defence cleared their lines.

Ten minutes later, Olunga played in Johanna whose right foot curler veered off the target.

The hosts combined well inside Kenya’s penalty area but Shemeles Bekele hit the side net, before Michael Olunga opened Gambian referee Bakary Gassama’s book with a 36th minute yellow card.

Gor Mahia utility Philemon Otieno followed suit two minutes later.

With three minutes to the halftime break, Ethiopia’s Dukele Dawa was booked for a nasty challenge on Abud Omar that left the Belgium-based full back limping until his untimely substitution on 54 minutes, forcing Sweden-based Erick “Marcelo” Ouma to replace him in the second change after the ineffective Eric Johanna was withdrawn for Ismael Gonzalez at the restart.

The Walya Antelopes continued with their hunt for the opener bossing the midfield with ease while slowly making inroads in the Kenyans defence.

Demte Beneyam forced Patrick Matasi to a save with a veracious shot from the right flank in the 55th minute and on 67 minutes, Shemeles Bekele beat the offside trap but was denied by the upright.

Dukele Dawa’s goal seven minutes to the final whistle was disallowed for an offside as the Kenyans calmly wasted time to bag a vital point.