Starlets coach Ouma confident of good show in Ghana
- Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma is confident his side can edge Ghana when the two sides clash on their Olympic qualifier match slated for Friday in Accra.
- The team is scheduled to travel Tuesday for the first leg of the third round before playing host to the West Africans three days later at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in the second leg.
Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma is confident his side can edge Ghana when the two sides clash on their Olympic qualifier match slated for Friday in Accra.
The team is scheduled to travel Tuesday for the first leg of the third round before playing host to the West Africans three days later at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in the second leg.
Starlets held their final training session Monday at Camp Toyoyo ahead of their departure, with Ouma expressing confidence of shocking the Ghanaians at their own backyard owing to their ‘proper preparation’.
“In the previous trainings I have been concentrating much on physical qualities but this time round I want to thank the clubs for good cooperation, they have released the players I called in the camp on time and I have shifted my concentration to what is called team tactical training,” said Ouma.
Although Ghana may be the favourites on paper, Ouma has already devised a plan to deal with the threat posed by the football giants.
“For so long we have been using flanks to develop our attacks moreso low crosses and I feel it is working for us. The training has been good, and I am glad the young players I called to the camp are gelling well with the others,’’ he added.
On her part, skipper Dorcas Shikobe is also optimistic ahead of the mouth-watering clash.
“We have been into training for a long time now and I believe every player is ready for the task. We have met Ghana before and we know they are a tough side but we will try our best to beat them,” Shikobe observed, teammate Mwanahalima Adam echoing her sentiments.
“I believe in my teammates; the team is composed of young and experienced players and I know we will do wonders under the leadership of our able coach. I personally will do my best to at least score many goals,” said Mwanahalima “Dogo” Adam.
Kenya beat Malawi 5-3 on aggregate in the second round and will be looking forward to a similar result against Ghana, who they held to a 1-1 draw in November 2018 in a friendly match played in Kasarani.
The Olympics qualifying tournament, which is in its fifth edition, determines which team gains qualification to the 2020 Summer Olympics slated for Tokyo, Japan.
Ouma also dropped 10 players as he announced his final squad for the match.
- Annette Kundu- Eldoret Falcons (GK)
- Judith Osimbo- Gaspo Women (GK)
- Dorcas Shikobe- Oserian Ladies (CB)
- Vivian Nasaka- Vihiga Queens (RB)
5.Wincate Kaari- Gaspo Women (LB)
- Lydia Akoth- Thika Queens(MF)
7.Quinter Atieno- Gaspo Women
- Corazone Aquino- Gaspo Women
- Sheryl Angach- Gaspo Women
- Bertha Omita- Kisumu All Starlets
- Jentrix Shikangwa- Wiyeta Girls School
- Topister Nafula- Vihiga Queens
- Mercy Airo- Kisumu All Starlets
- Janet Moraa- Eldoret Falcons
- Elizabeth Wambui- Gaspo Women
- Ruth Ingosi- Eldoret Falcons
- Mwanalima Adams- Thika Queens
- Cynthia Shilwatso- Vihiga Queens
- Elizabeth Katungwa- Kwale Girls
- Nelly Sawe – Thika Queens
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