Starlets keen on Cameroon revenge in Awcon build-up

Kenya Harambee Starlets players line-up against Ethiopia during their 2016 CECAFA Women football championship match at ...
(FILE)Kenya Harambee Starlets players line-up against Ethiopia during their 2016 CECAFA Women football championship match at the FUFA Technical center in Njeru, Uganda on September 18, 2016. Harambee Starlets won 3-2 to qualify for the finals. Photo/

Buoyant Harambee Starlets take on 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) hosts Cameroon later Sunday in Yaoundé aiming to pay back the 1-0 defeat they suffered to the same team in Nairobi.

The loss to Cameroon at Safaricom Stadium in their penultimate match before departure was only the third loss for the Kenyans since qualifying for their Awcon debut in April.

David Ouma’s team held their first training session on Saturday evening and will travel to the coastal city of Limbe for their pre-tournament camp after playing Cameroon ahead of the biennial continental showpiece that runs from November 19 to December 3.

Speaking to Citizen Digital from Cameroon, Starlets Team Manager Doreen Nabwire said they are already looking forward for their opening Pool B game against Ghana having also drawn West African football titans- titleholders Nigeria and Mali.

“We will use tomorrow (Sunday)’s game to correct our mistakes of the first game against Cameroon in Nairobi and also Egypt and of course we look forward to getting a good result,” she added.

Starlets will play Ghana on November 20 before taking on the titleholders Nigeria and Mali as they aim to make the last four of the tournament on their maiden showing.

Ouma hinted he would rest his top guns against Cameroon keen to avoid any mishap especially after losing three key players for the Afcon assignment.

Former Starlets captain Neddy Atieno and full-back Enoz Mango got jobs with Kenya Defence Forces and Google whilst striker Mwanahalima Adam is sitting for her O-Level exams.

Cameroon boast of several European based players like Annette Ngo Ndom who plays for Union Nove Zamky in Slovakia, Captain Christine Manie of CFF Olimpia Cluj Romania, Madeleine Ngono of En Avant de Guingamp in France, Cathy Bou Ndjouh of FC Minsk in Belarus among others.

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