- Kenya's hopes of starting their campaign for the 2022 Fifa World Cup on a positive note were dented after being held to a 0-0 draw by Uganda
- Harambee Stars have been pooled alongside Rwanda and Mali in Group E of the World Cup qualifiers
- Mali is currently topping the group with three points after securing a favourable result against Rwanda in their opener
Harambee Stars have kicked off their World Cup qualifiers on a disappointing note after being held to a 0-0 draw by rivals Uganda.
The two sides faced off in a spirited Group E clash staged at Nyayo Stadium on the afternoon of Thursday, September 2.
The visitors headed into the clash with a relatively superior head-to-head record having won 32 of the previous 76 meetings with Kenya.
This probably informed the decision by Stars head coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee to parade a strong side for the thriller with Michael Olunga, Hassan Abdallah and Masoud Juma all starting.
However, the trio was unable to help the home side secure a much-needed winning start.
This was despite Kenya having a bright start that kept Uganda's keeper Charles Lukwago busy in the opening exchanges of the tie as the first half finished goalless.
Mulee made a double change after the hour-mark, introducing Duke Abuya and Boniface Muchiri in place of Kenneth Muguna and Hassan Abdallah.
However, the tactical change did not bear any fruits as Uganda's defence remained resolute to ensure they snatch a point away from home.
While Uganda will be happy with the point, Stars will be desperate to get their campaign back on track when they take on Rwanda in their next fixture scheduled for Sunday, September 5, in Kigali.
Mali, who beat Rwanda in their own opener now sit top of Group E with three points.
Mulee sets eyes on Qatar
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported Harambee Stars head coach Jacob 'Ghost' Mulee has reiterated his desire to help the team qualify for the next edition of the World Cup slated for 20222 in Qatar.
The national football team has never made an appearance at the global showpiece.
While Mulee is well aware of the daunting task to help Stars qualify for the World Cup, he has expressed optimism it can be done.
“I think God gave me this job with a purpose and I am also here with a purpose, I have been with this team to Africa Cup of Nations before, and I also have that huge desire to reach Qatar, so I will do all I can to make sure, I succeed with this team and we play in Qatar,” Mulee divulged to Goal.