Confident Starlets leave for Ghana, crossing fingers for first leg favor

The Kenya women national team, Harambee Starlets left for Ghana on Tuesday 1 October ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games qualification match against their hosts and head coach David Ouma hopes his team can deliver a positive result in the Friday 4 October at Accra Sports Stadium. 

A big low for Starlets when going for such matches has been a lack of clean sheets, and Ouma hopes this match marks the start of better defending in away matches.

The coach is well aware that odds will be heavily stacked against his team but he will be plotting on neutralizing Ghana’s strengths.

Confident

“We will try to contain their strong points away from home and possibly get an away goal,” said Ouma on Football Kenya Federation website.

“I am confident we can get a positive result away from home, to make it easier in the second leg.”

The winner of the tie on aggregate proceeds to the tournament’s fourth qualifying round, where the Starlets could meet either Zambia or Botswana 

The fourth round winner will the proceed to the fifth and final qualifying round, for a place in the 2020 Summer Olympics, while the loser gets a lifeline in a playoff against the South American Football Confederation’s (CONMEBOL) second-placed team.

Travelling Squad

Goalkeepers: Annette Kundu (Eldoret Falcons), Judith Osimbo (Gaspo Women)

Defenders: Dorcas Shikobe (Oserian Ladies), Vivian Nasaka (Vihiga Queens), Wincate Kaari (Gaspo Women), Lydia Akoth (Thika Queens), Quinter Atieno (Gaspo Women), Nelly Sawe (Thika Queens), Ruth Ingosi (Eldoret Falcons)

Midfielders: Corazone Aquino (Gaspo Women), Sheryl Angach (Gaspo Women), Jentrix Shikangwa (Wiyeta Girls School), Topister Nafula (Vihiga Queens), Janet Moraa (Eldoret Falcons), Elizabeth Wambui (Gaspo Women), Cynthia Shilwatso (Vihiga Queens), Elizabeth Katungwa (Kwale Girls)

Forwards: Mwanalima Adams (Thika Queens), Mercy Airo (Kisumu All Starlets), Bertha Omita (Kisumu All Starlets)