Junior Starlets shift gears on Ghana, keep faint World Cup hopes


Kenya U-20 women players celebrates scoring a goal against Ethiopia during their U20 Women World ...
Kenya U-20 women players celebrates scoring a goal against Ethiopia during their U20 Women World Cup qualifier return leg match at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on September 30, 2017. Photo/Sportpicha

The national women football team Harambee Starlets are set to resume their training camp later this month in preparation for the second round of FIFA under 20 women’s World Cup qualifier where they will face Ghana away in mid November.

Starlets sailed through to the next round after beating Ethiopia 4-3 on aggregate. They drew 2-2 in Ethiopia in the first leg before sealing the ticket to the next phase with a sweet but hard fought 2-1 winsat the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos last weekend.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, FKF’s communication and Public Relations Manager Barry Otieno said that the federation will give the girls the necessary support as they attempt to qualify for World Cup for the first time.

“The first match is supposed to be played on November but as a federation we have so far not received any date communications on that.

PURE DELIGHT.A Kenyan player celebrates during the World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.IMAGE/Sportpicha.
PURE DELIGHT.A Kenyan player celebrates during the World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.IMAGE/Sportpicha.

“Most of the players are in school, so the head coach allowed them to go back for their studies and join the camp later,” Otieno said.

Corazon Acquino converted a penalty spot in 86th minute before Maureen Khakasa scored the second goal to ensure Kenya acquires the bragging rights.

On the other hand, Ghana registered a 10-0 aggregate win over Algeria after securing identical 5-0 wins in both legs.

Kenya will have to overcome Ghana for them to qualify for the third round of the qualification in January 2018.

The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is slated for 5-24 August, 2018 in France.

TEAM JOY:The Kenyan players do a jog at the Kenyatta Stadium after claiming victory over Ethiopia.Image/SportPicha.
TEAM  DELIGHT:The Kenyan players do a jog at the Kenyatta Stadium after claiming victory over Ethiopia.Image/SportPicha.

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