The country’s national Women’s football team, Harambee Starlets will on Sunday 1 September face off against their counterparts from Malawi in the two teams’ second-round return leg fixture of the 2020 Olympics Qualifiers at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos, seeking to progress through to the next round by overturning their 3-2 loss in Blantyre a week ago, and ahead of the match, Starlets forward Mwanahalima Dogo Adam has called on fans to keep the team in mind.
The game, set for a 3PM kickoff, will be played behind closed doors as the Machakos Stadium is not suited for international matches and has been banned by the continents governing football body CAF.
Starlets need nothing short of a win to be sure of progression which is not at all beyond as they are boosted by the fact they will be playing at home as well as the two crucial away goals they managed to get through Thika Queens forward Mwanahalima and Vihiga Queens’ Cynthia Shilwatso.
“It was tough playing away from home but we pushed ourselves and picked up something from the match,” Mwanahalima said.
“I am asking all our fans to stand with us as much as the match will be behind closed doors. It won’t be easy but we are motivated to get a win.”
Malawi possess two of the qualifiers’ leading scorers in forwards Tabitha Chawinga and Temwa Chawinga who have both scored six times each with Tabitha notching a brace in the first-leg.
A win for David Ouma’s charges will set up a clash between either Gabon or Ghana in the 3rd round. Ghana host Gabon on Tuesday leading 3-0 on aggregate.