Cape Verde overturned a 1-0 deficit and advanced into the final round of African qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup by beating Kenya 2-0 in Praia on Tuesday night.
The Blue Sharks lost the first leg in Nairobi last week, but put in a much-improved performance to join 19 other teams into the draw for the group stage.
The hero on the night was striker Heldon, who netted either side of half time to complete a brace and see his side win 2-1 on aggregate.
For the Harambee Stars, who had major problems in the build-up to the tie including alleged non-payment of players, they will have to regroup and look ahead to the 2022 World Cup.
Cape Verde will not look to confirm their place as one of Africa’s rising powers by securing a berth in the World Cup finals for the first time.