Without Salah, Egypt held to 1-1 draw by Kenya
Egypt pressed hard in the final 20 minutes but couldn't find another goal
Egypt missed Mohamed Salah as the most successful team in African Cup of Nations history were held 1-1 at home by Kenya at the start of their qualifying campaign for the 2021 tournament.
Without their injured star forward, Egypt led in Alexandria on Thursday when Mahmoud Kahraba pounced on a poor back pass from Erick Ouma just before halftime.
Michael Olunga intercepted Mohamed Elneny's pass and drove a shot past Egypt goalkeeper Ahmed el-Shenawy to equalise.
Egypt pressed hard in the final 20 minutes but couldn't find another goal.
Salah is expected to be sidelined for Egypt's first two games in the decisive final group stage with a left ankle injury.
Comoros and Togo are the other teams in Group G. Comoros won 1-0 in Togo. Egypt travel to play Comoros on Monday.
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