Coach Ouma says health bigger than football amid pandemic


Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma takes charge of a training session. (PHOTO/Courtesy)
Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma takes charge of a training session. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Coach David Ouma has admitted breaking camp is a setback for his 2020 African Women Cup Of Nations (Awcon) plans but emphasised Harambee Starlets players’ health is much ‘more important than any game’.

Starlets were preparing for the first leg of an Afcon qualifier against Tanzania but had to break camp following the Government’s directive amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ouma led the team in the Turkish Women tournament early March in Instanbul where they finished third behind Ghana and champions Chile.

“I had a lot of plans for the team after a successful experience in the Turkish cup but players’ health is more important than anything else. During a time like this you want to be with your families so I want to urge them to stay safe,” Ouma said.

Ouma is optimistic that if the qualifier will go on under the guidance of the Government and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

“the government, CAF as well as FIFA are assessing the situation and if the matches will proceed I am sure the experienced we achieved in the Turkish tourney will assist us qualify for the Awcon tournament.”

All sports federations in the country issued a statement to stop their respective leagues and matches which include the Women Premier League.

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