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Kenyan FA President Sam Nyamweya Happy With Malawi Draw

Adapted from Supersport.com: The president of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), Sam Nyamweya, has praised the fighting spirit showed by the Harambee Stars when they held Malawi to a 2-all draw in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Blantyre on Wednesday. 

Nyamweya told supersport.com on the phone this evening that the Stars had played their hearts out like true Kenyans. 

“We did not have all our players in Malawi, but we have managed to pick a point because of the determination and hard work,” said a happy Nyamweya.

The FA president said although Kenya is out of contention for a place in the next stage of the 2014 World Cup qualifications, he said the new coach Adel Amrouche has what it takes to build a formidable team for the future. 

“He is a good coach whom we must give all the assistance to be able to succeed,” said Nyamweya.

In Nairobi many of the fans were also happy with the draw against Malawi. 

“We never expected to get even a draw away having lost 1-0 to Nigeria last week in our own backyard,” said Frank Otieno in Nairobi.

“I think if Wanyama and Oliech had featured in that game, we would have beaten Malawi. The boys have done well and need to be motivated more,” Frank Ogude added.

A 90th minute Chimango Kayira own goal saved the Harambee Stars from a second consecutive defeat. Robin Ngalande gave the hosts an early goal in the 46th minute, before Jamal Mohammed equalized six minutes later.

As the visitors seemed to settle and play better football, Robert Ng'ambi scored a second goal for Malawi in the 82nd minute, only for Kayira to place the ball in his own net.

Kenya is bottom of Group F with three points, while Malawi remains second with seven, one point behind African Champions Nigeria