New call ups as Starlets shape up for Turkish Cup

Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma has made two new additions to the team as preparations continue ahead of the team’s trip to Europe where it will take part in the Turkish Cup.

From the initially called up players, Elizabeth Katungwa and Cynthia Shilwatso have pulled out as they pursue pro deals in Europe and in their places, Ouma has handed call up to Foska Nashivana and Miriam Lotomia respectively.

“All players have reported to camp, however, we have two changes. Katungwa has been replaced by Foska Nashivana while Shilwatso has gone to Spain for trials and he place is taken by Lotomia Miriam,” he said.

Paying off

Ouma is glad at the progress seen in the squad and especially now that hard work put in last year is paying off with a number of players trooping abroad for good deals. However, the coach is much elated by the fact that the replacements have seamed in well.

“Seven players are now playing abroad and the new players I called from Chapa Dimba na Safaricom are impressive,” he added.

Chapa Dimba

Chapa Dimba na Safaricom’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Salome Drailer from Beijing Raiders, Acakoro duo of Diana Hashina and Sylvia Makungu and Falling Waters’ Jane Njeri are among the standout players to have linked up with the team.

“In terms of physical competitiveness I have to increase their strength and develop them as they prepare to compete at a higher level,” Ouma said.

Starlets, who are the CECAFA Women’s Senior Challenge Cup champions have been invited to  the Turkish Cup alongside Hungary, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Romania, Uzbekistan, Northern Ireland, Turkmenistan and Chile.

“We have been training at Camp Toyoyo since Monday 24 February but will change venue and train in JUJA Preparatory and Senior School on Wednesday (26 February) and Thursday in the morning and evening,” he informed Soka

“Will be back to train in Toyoyo on Friday 28 February in the morning with Saturday scheduling a mini-tournament where the venue will be confirmed before Friday.”

Skipper’s take

Just like the coach, team skipper Dorcas Shikobe believes the team is ready for the tournament and will be looking to come out tops.

“We are preparing for the tournament and I can see everyone is looking to win in Turkey and also continue learning, considering we now have new young players. Personally, I am ready to help mentor them,” Shikobe said.

The final squad of 21 players will be released before the team jets out to Turkey on Monday 2 March.

Below is the current Starlets squad in camp;

Goalkeepers

Stella Anolo (Zetech Sparks), Judith Osimbo (Gaspo Youth), Monica Odato (Wadadia), Phiona Ariko (Thika Queens)

Defenders

Vivian Nasaka (Vihiga Queens), Cynthia Livondo (Trans Nzoia Falcons),Dorcas Shiveka (Eldoret Falcons), Nelly Sawe (Thika Queens), Dorcas Shikobe (Oserian), Lucy Akoth (Mathare United), Diana Hashina (Acakoro), Lydia Akoth (Thika Queens)

Midfielders

Cynthia Kaveya (Thika Queens), Sheryl Angach (Gaspo), Silvia Makhungu (Kariobangi North), Mercy Airo (Kisumu All Starlets), Janet Bundi (Eldoret Falcons), Jane Njeri (Falling Waters), Jentrix Shikangwa (Wiyeta Girls), Rachael Muema (Thika Queens)

Forwards

Mwanalima Adam (Thika Queens), Stella Anyango (Nakuru All Stars), Purity Alukwe (Zetech Sparks)