Teerasil Dangda was the hero as Thailand beat Kenya 1-0 on an evening of celebration for midfielder Datsakorn Thonglao, who earned his 100th cap.
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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) cited "accumulated delays" in Kenya's preparations for the tournament.
Victor Wanyama believes his brother McDonald Mariga could have been a big hit if he'd secured a move to the Premier League earlier in his career.
Victor Wanyama concedes it's 'painful' to not be in World Cup contention, but is optimistic that Stanley Okumbi is the man to oversee Kenyan success.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was injured against Paris Saint-Germain, but is expected back in training next week.
The Belgian side have confirmed the signing of the 27-year-old Harambee Stars international from Royal Antwerp on their official Facebook page.
Jason Cundy has questioned why Jose Mourinho isn't considering a move for the Kenya international this summer.
Everton striker Wayne Rooney praised Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia for their performance in the club friendly in Tanzania on Thursday.
Spain rallied with two late goals to salvage a 2-2 draw with England in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday.
Kenya were held to a 1-1 draw in Zambia on Sunday, with Wanyama -- who has started Spurs' first three matches of the season -- assisting their goal.
Kenya face sanctions for a riot that stopped play for more than 30 minutes on Sunday and forced police to fire tear gas into the stands.
Aston Villa striker Jordan Ayew failed to convert a close-range opportunity for Avram Grant's group leaders.
Zambia were held to a 1-1 draw by Congo in a key African Nations Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
Nigeria advanced to the third round of African qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Swaziland on Tuesday.
African giants Senegal and Ghana were both held to draws away from home as their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns got off to a shaky start.
South Sudan earned a draw in their World Cup qualifying debut, holding Mauritania 1-1 on Thursday, a day after the game was abandoned because of rain.
Ghana eased to victory over Mauritius in their opening 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier, while Cameroon left it late to beat Mauritania.
Marouane Fellaini scored twice as Belgium produced a scintillating attacking display to win 4-3, while Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in Sao Paulo.
Radamel Falcao lifted Colombia to a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a friendly on Saturday as his team tunes up for the Copa America.
Kenya's federation says it won't host an Olympic qualifier between Somalia and Rwanda over fears Somali players would refuse to return home.