Micheal Olunga’s goal placed Kenya on the winning side in the 25th minute with a nice left foot shoot past the keeper after a feed by the impressive Ayub Timbe who had done well to beat two DR Congo defenders.
Goalkeeper Patrick Matasi was called into action in the 51st minute, to deny Cedrick Bakambu from the penalty spot after the referee had handed Democratic Republic of Congo what many felt was a soft penalty.
It was a second penalty to be saved by Matasi ahead of Afcon, after he had managed the same when Kenya played Madagascar in the friendly they won 1-0 in Paris.
Micheal Olunga had a chance to double the lead but fluffed two open chances as the game passed the one-hour mark.
DR Congo equalized in the 86th minute via a low free kick shot by Arthur Masuaku that Matasi seemed to have hold of but somehow the ball slipped into the net, a howler he would love to quickly forget.
Kenya will start its AFCON campaign against Algeria at the June 30th Stadium in Cairo on June 23 before facing Tanzania four days later. They will conclude the group phase matches against Senegal on July 1.