Case Study – Harambee Starlets

Case Study – Harambee Starlets

The re-introduction of the FKF Women Premier League and Division One Leagues, in 2016, gave life to the Harambee Starlets, which had in the past not been given priority.

In 2016, the Harambee Starlets took part in the Africa Women Cup of Nations for the first time in history.

Prior to the team’s debut in the AWCON tournament, the team had finished fourth at the COTIF Tournament in Spain and second at the CECAFA Championships in Uganda.

These matches gave the team a listing on FIFA’s official portal as being the national team that had played the most number of international matches worldwide.

Starlets also made a guest appearance at the 2017 COSAFA Championships, finishing fourth. They then followed this up with yet another CECAFA Women Championships appearance in Rwanda in 2018 where they came fourth.

These were prior to their 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations Qualifiers, where they eliminated Uganda in the first round before losing to Equatorial Guinea in the final qualifying round.

In 2019, Starlets took part in a friendly match against Ethiopia as well as the 2020 Olympics Qualifiers against Malawi, Ghana, and Zambia. The team bowed out on aggregate in the fourth qualifying round.

Starlets closed the year 2019 as champions after winning the CECAFA Women Championships in Tanzania for the first time ever.

In 2020, in preparation for the upcoming AWCON Qualifiers, Starlets took part in the Turkish Women Cup where they won bronze, behind World Cup nations Chile and Ghana. Sheryl Angachi was also named the best mid-fielder.

Starlets’ will now face Tanzania in the first round of the 2020 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers. The winner on aggregate will play against either DR Congo or Sao Tome and Principe in the second and final qualifying round.