Coach Ouma says Turkish exposure key for Starlets


Coach Ouma says Turkish exposure key for Starlets
Kenya national women football team coach David Ouma instruct his charges against Algeria during the final round of the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifier at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya on April 11, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma has said the recent ended Turkish Women’s Cup in Istanbul served as a good exposure for his players who are already attracting interest from different agents abroad.

Ouma guided his charges to finishing third behind eventual champions Chile and finalists Ghana at the invitational tournament that ended on Tuesday.

Kenya notched its only win of the competition against Northern Ireland where Janet Bundi and Jentrix Shikangwa goals secured a 2-0 victory but lost 5-0 to Chile and 3-2 to the Black Queens.

Ouma hailed Acacoro Ladies starlet Sylvia Makungu whom he scouted from the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Nairobi Region finals saying she showed great focus and determination in her debut for the national team.

“I was very impressed by how she played in our first match against Northern Ireland and I decided to field her against Chile which we lost. After playing in the two matches, I have been approached by a number of agents In Europe who are very willing to sign her. I know she is young and talented but as I coach I really feel good and happy for a player I have scouted and finally she has attracted interest outside boarders”

“We are still in talks with them to see if she can be taken abroad even if it will be through education system as she will be playing at the same time. Currently it’s very early to say anything but we are discussing with them”

Makungu is among the fresh taped talented whom got a chance to play in the Turkish tournament together with Dorcas Shiveka and Rachel Muema.

Starlets jetted back from Alanya Turkey on Wednesday March 11 2020, ahead of the upcoming AWCON Qualifier against Tanzania set to be played in April 2020 where the winner will face either Dr Congo or Sao Tome and the Principe in the second and final qualifying round of the competition.

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