We are not naïve anymore, Corazone says ahead of Ghana game

The Kenyan national women’s football team will take on their counterparts from Ghana in the first-leg match up of their 2020 Olympic qualifier away in Accra on Saturday 5 October and ahead of the game, midfielder Corazone Aquino has talked up the team’s preparations as well as confirming the belief within the squad that they can advance in the two-legged tie.

The game, to be played at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra Ghana, will be the third meeting between the two sides who first met at the 2016 AWCON finals in Cameroon.

AWCON 2016

That edition saw Harambee Starlets make their debut at the continental stage and the game against Ghana ended in a 3-1 loss for David Ouma’s charges. The two teams again faced off in a friendly in Nairobi in 2018 as part of Ghana’s preps for that year’s AWCON with the game seeing a more improved performance from Starlets who sealed a 1-1 draw.

With this in mind, Aquino says Starlets have improved and are no longer the error prone team of 2016.

“When we first met in 2016, we were a bit naïve and most of us were not experienced at that stage. Also, it was our first game at the AWCON and we ended up making many mistakes,” Aquino is quoted as saying on CAF’s official portal.

“Last year was a more balanced game and they fought from behind to equalize in a game that we had so many chances.

Confidence

“If we can manage the away result well, I have confidence that we can finish the job at home. We have a new team but we have worked so hard in training to build a unit and the cohesion is better at the moment,”

“Qualifying to the Olympics is our ultimate target and we will give it our best shot,” the midfielder noted.

Kenya defeated Malawi over two legs to advance to this round while Ghana progressed at the expense of Gabon. The return-leg match-up will be played three days later in Nairobi on Tuesday 8.

The team that wins the tie will progress to the penultimate round of the qualifiers.