Sporting Kansas City midfielder Lawrence Olum made his competitive international debut on Sunday in Kenya's 1-0 win over Comoros in an African Cup of Nations qualifying match at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya. Olum started and played 68 minutes, exiting the match for James Situma in the second half.
Kenyan midfielder Johanna Ochieng Omolo, who plays his club soccer with Belgium's Lommel United, scored the game's loan goal, beating Comoros goalkeeper Mahamoud Mroivili in the 34th minute with a 40-yard strike. Kenya nearly doubled their lead before halftime, but saw a goal disallowed for an offside call.
Great day for the debut for my home country #Harambeestars with a win— lawrence olum (@OmoshLaw13) May 18, 2014
The Harambee Stars will now head to Comoros for the decisive second leg on May 30. If Kenya advances past Comoros, they will play the winner of Liberia vs. Lesotho in the second round. Liberia defeated Lesotho 1-0 in the first leg of their series on Sunday. The winner of the second round matchup would then advance to the group stage of 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying and would be paired with Burkina Faso, Angola and Gabon in Group C.
Olum joined the Kenyan Men's National Team last Thursday after Sporting KC's midweek match against the Philadelphia Union. With Sunday's cap, Olum became the seventh player on Sporting KC's 2014 roster to feature for their respective national team.