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Kenya tossed out of 2021 Afcon after Egypt draw

By Nicanor Ndiege

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Kenya saw her hopes of qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations slip away on Thursday night after sharing the match spoils in a 1-1 draw with Egypt in their penultimate Group G qualifier at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Kenya was hoping to make a return to the biennial showpiece, for the second time, under coach Jacob “Ghost” Mulee, but could not mount a superior fight to see off the Pharaohs at home in the must-win encounter.

It took the visitors two minutes to take the lead through Mohamed Magdy before Bandari winger Abdallah Hassan equalised for Kenya in the second half.

The result means Egypt will join Comoros in the 2021 Cup of Nations from the group. Comoros had earlier on in the day played out to a barren draw with Togo in Moroni, a result that was enough for the Islanders to book their place in their first ever Nations Cup finals.

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