Coach Sewnet Bishaw's side would have taken the full points had Ugandan referee, Dennis Batte ruled in the horn of Africa's favour for a penalty appear when defender David Owino handled the ball in the forbidden area in the 63rd minute of the game played at Nyayo International Stadium in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.
"We have to look out for our next opponent and hopefully, we shall qualify from the group", Bishaw said in the post match interview.
His Kenyan counterpart, Kenyan coach Adel Amrouch missed the game for yet to be known reasons but his assistant , James Nandawa praised the quality of his opponents but regretted the missed opportunities that would have finished off the game for his team.
"We created quite a handful of chances which we failed to convert. Hopefully, we shall play to win in the next second fixture, he said in the post match interview.
Against a swift passing Ethiopian side, who dictated the midfield tide especially by the two touch football inter-play between Shemeles Tegne Mulualem Mesfin and Mintesnote Adane. Infact, Ethiopia were unlucky not to walk home with the full three points. Second half substitute, Yonatan Kebede, who replaced Yakob Gebremichael missed a glancing header with goalie Ducan Ochieng beaten on the first goal post.
Kenya's closet goal bound opportunity arose in the opening half hour when Allan Wanga set loose but his effort was easily saved by the safe hands of Derete Alemu in the Ethiopian goal.
Day two action resumes on Thursday when Burundi takes on Somalia in the day's opener at Machakos before guest nation, Zambia entertains Kim Poulsen's Tanzania at the same arena.