Ouma backs Starlets to excel in Zambia after first-leg draw

Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma believes the team will progress in the 2020 Olympic Games qualifier second leg clash against Zambia when they tour Lusaka after playing to a 2-2 draw in Nairobi on Friday 8 November.

Opting to stay positive ahead of the big task ahead, Ouma acknowledged that defensive blunders cost his team a first leg, and home advantage, but assured of coining a good strategy for the return leg.

Dynamics

“We had set our minds not to concede in this game but football can have different dynamics. We took some risk after they scored and went ahead 2-1 but again I think we could have defended better today,

“They have good physical players who play direct football as we had anticipated and we had a duty to minimize their abilities which we didn’t but it is something we have to work on heading into the second leg,

With two days to the return leg in Zambia, Ouma will be focusing on breaking the opponents’ attack after taking note of how they play. He believes anything is possible despite Zambia being the dominant side in the first leg.

Strength

“We know their strengths now and as we go to play in their backyard I know they will be under pressure to perform and if we close them properly we will get a goal. Zambia is beatable and we take confidence to their backyard,” he added.

The second leg of the tie is slated for Nkoloma Stadium on Monday 11 November with the aggregate winner meeting Ivory Coast or Cameroon in the final qualifying round.