In 11 days’ time, Kenya’s women national team Harambee Starlets will be taking on Malawi in an Olympic Games qualifier and heading there, Starlets warmed up well with a fine 3 – 2 win over Ethiopia’s Lucy in the two nations’ friendly match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
Mwanahalima Dogo Adam was the star of the day as she netted two goals before laying on an assist for the other, affirming head coach David Ouma’s charge in preparation for the Malawi clash.
Speed and skill
Dogo started the business early; in just the seventh minute, she gave Kenya the lead by a combination of speed and skill. She beat the Ethiopian defence for pace and calmly slotted home past an exposed Balcha Tarikua in the Ethiopia goal.
Starlets were however caught off guard early in the second period as Ware Birtukan grabbed the leveler.
Dogo would soon restore Kenya’s lead but that just lasted a few minutes, as Serkadis Kidane tapped in following a mistake from Anne Kundu, the Kenya keeper.
As the game drew towards closure, a marauding Dogo was tripped and Gentrix Shikangwa slotted home the resulting penalty to see Kenya claim a morale boosting win.
While Starlets gave a good fight, head coach Ouma will still need to patch up ahead of the Malawi game which comes on 28 August, with the opening leg set for Blantyre before the teams meet again in Nairobi on 4 August.