Kenya National Women Team Head Coach David Ouma is optimistic that Esse Akida will recover in time, to face Uganda in a two-legged AWCON qualifier scheduled for April 4, and 7, 2018 in Nairobi and Uganda respectively.

The tactician, who recently rejoined the team having been redeployed to the federation’s Technical Department, where he was instrumental in the training of over 2000 coaches in the FKF Basic/Advanced Basic coaching courses termed Akida’s injury  “a blow to the team” ahead of their friendly match against Zambia.

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“There is absolutely no doubt about her technical ability and understanding of the game,” said Ouma.

“That notwithstanding is that football is a contact sport, which means that players are prone to injuries. Unfortunately, she picked up an ankle injury that automatically ruled her out of the Zambia tie.

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“But we are optimistic that she will recover in time for our AWCON qualifier against Uganda, this even as our medical team continues to monitor her progress,” explained Ouma.

Akida suffered the ankle injury in training, days before Starlets left for Zambia which ruled her out of the March 25, 2018, clash.

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