Stylish Starlets turn on the style, guards perfect record


Harambee Stalets Players celebrate after arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after their 2016 CECAFA ...
Harambee Stalets Players celebrate after arriving at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after their 2016 CECAFA Women football championship FUFA Technical center in Njeru, Uganda on September 21,2016. Photo/Sportpicha

A second string Women National Football team, Harambee Starlets beat Swaziland by a solitary goal on Monday to book a date with the host nation Zimbabwe in the second semi-final of the ongoing Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) tournament in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Record changes

Head Coach Richard Kanyi made a record eight changes to the team that thrashed Mauritius 11-0 on Saturday, with the likes of the sensational Neddy Achieng and Mwanahalima Adam dropping to the bench.

Lone goal

Although Celiwe Nkambule of Swaziland was given her marching orders in the 63rd minute for a high boot challenge, the Starlets had to wait till late in the match when Mercy Achieng scored the only goal that propelled the girls to the summit of group B.

Kenya Harambee Starlets players, From Left: Vivian Corazon Odhiambo, Neddy Atieno, Esse Mbeyu Akida and Irene Ogutu Awour celebrate scoring against Ethiopia during their 2016 CECAFA Women Football Championship semi-final in Uganda on September 18, 2016. Harambee Starlets won 3-2. Photo/www.sportpicha.com
Kenya Harambee Starlets players, From Left: Vivian Corazon Odhiambo, Neddy Atieno, Esse Mbeyu Akida and Irene Ogutu Awour celebrate scoring against Ethiopia during their 2016 CECAFA Women Football Championship semi-final in Uganda on September 18, 2016. Image/Sportpicha.com

The win ensured Kenya topped the group on 9 points with a record 17 goals,while  only conceding two goals. Prior to the narrow win against Swaziland, Starlets saw off Mozambique 5-2 in their opening match of the tournament before the rout on Mauritius.

Harambee Starlets Starting XI

Pauline Atieno (GK),  Juliet Auma, Esther Nandika, Lilian Adera, Cheria Avilia, Janet Bundi, Caroline Anyango, Pauline Musungu, Phoebe Awiti, Florence Awino and Mercy Achieng.

Substitutes: Mwanahalima Adam, Dorcas Shikobe, Neddy Atieno, Caroline Chepkoech, Lucy Mukhwana, Monicah Karambu, Jennipher Adhiambo and Dorris Anyango.

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