CECAFA triumph great stepping stone for future planning

The celebration after winning the 2019 CECAFA Women’s Championship will soon die down on the Kenya women national team, Harambee Starlets, but head coach David Ouma hopes the lessons taken stay longer.

Kenya trounced hosts Tanzania in the final on Monday 25 November to complete an astonishing run at the tournament, where they scored 26 goals and conceded none and Ouma notes that the feat is just a precursor to bigger things ahead.

Didn’t disappoint

The team went to the CECAFA competition right after elimination from the 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers, in which it had shown great promise, beating Malawi and Ghana, then drawing with Zambia. Ouma’s charges headed to the CECAFA tournament as favorites and they didn’t disappoint.

“Of course I am very proud of the girls. Starlets have won the first CECAFA trophy for Kenya and it is historic, adding to the qualification to AWCON in 2016. This gives us the perfect opportunity to start thinking forward.

“This is done and dusted and tomorrow is another day; we start looking at the possibilities of growth in terms of addressing the weaknesses we had, for example the positions we need to beef up and so on ahead of the AWCON qualifiers,” he said.

General conduct

The coach lauded his charges for their general conduct in camp and during the trying moments, especially as the team suffered due to the financial constraints experienced at the Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

“I am happy with the discipline the team showed, their resilience, emotional balance and everything. We had very few hours to recover between matches but I think they did well in tight situations,” he added.

The team is set to touch down in Nairobi on Tuesday 26 November, with a road show and a luncheon scheduled thereafter.