Micheal Olunga will skipper the Kenya Harambee Stars in absence of Victor Wanyama Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

AFCON 2019 Qualifiers (Group F):

Sierra Leone 2-1 Kenya

[/media-credit] Kenya Harambee Stars forward Micheal Olunga scored the consolation against Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone edged ten-man Kenya 2-1 in the opening Group F game of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played at Siaka Stevens Stadium, Freetown on Saturday.

Julius Wobay scored the opener with a wonder left footed finish after K. Kamara’s donkey work on the left in the 22nd minute to take a 1-0 first half lead.

Totteham Hotspurs midfielder and Kenyan captain Victor Wanyama came close with a well executed shot that missed target by inches on 26 minutes.

The visitors played with 10 men for almost 47 minutes following a first half send off for Brian Mandela Onyango for  a malicious tackle on Lassani Camara.

The numerical advantage played to full advantage of the home team before a fully packed stadium.

Umaru Bangura’s penalty made it 2-0 with 20 minutes to go.

Striker Michael Olunga, who had earlier hit the cross bar inside 10 yards in the 36th minute, eventually pulled a goal back in the 76th minute to create a tense finish to the match.

Olunga struck a fabulous free-kick with the inside of his treasured left foot from 25 yards.

The other Group F match between Ghana Black Stars and the Ethiopia Walia Stars will be played on Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports stadium in Kumasi.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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