Hosts Lesotho made home advantage count on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 win over Harambee Stars of Kenya in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier tie played at the Setsotso Stadium.
Tsepo Bushy Moletsane netted the important goal in the 60th minute after a mix up in the Kenyan defence. The home side capitalised on a counter attack and Moletsane shot past goalkeeper Wilson Oburu.
The 2013 CECAFA Challenge Cup Champions Kenya dominated the game in the early half, with El Merreikh striker Allan Wanga Wetende and Peter Opio both coming close to breaking the deadlock.
But on resumption the home side ran rings around the Harambee Stars, with lots of dominance in the midfield. Not even the presence of English-based midfielder Victor Wanyama could stop the Lesotho team from fighting to register a win.
Later, Kenya’s technical bench brought on the fresh legs of Jacob Keli, Mohammed Jamal and Italian-based McDonald Mariga, who came on with seven minutes to full time, but to no avail.
The Kenyan team will now hope that they can also make use of the home advantage when the two teams clash in the return leg.
The team will also hope that first choice goalkeeper Arnold Origi and French-based striker Dennis Oliech are available for the vital game. The overall winner after two legs will join Group C which has Burkina Faso, Angola and Gabon.