Harambee Starlets jet back, shift focus to CECAFA

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    Harambee Starlets
    Mercy Achieng(Left) and Mwanahalima Adam(Right) join Neddy Atieno in celebrating the latter's opener in the third place playoff against Zambia

    The National Women team, Harambee Starlets, jetted back yesterday, September 26, 2017, from Zimbabwe where the team took part in the COSAFA Women Championships

    Starlets produced a stellar performance in the group stages, winning three out of three matches against Mozambique, Mauritius, and Swaziland. The team, however, lost 4-0 to hosts Zimbabwe in the semifinals, before further going down 4-2 on post-match penalties to Zambia in the third-place playoff after a 1-1 draw in regulation time

    Richard Kanyi
    Harambee Starlets coach Richard Kanyi was happy with the team’ performance in the tourney

    Harambee Starlets Head coach Richard Kanyi expressed his contentment with the team’s performance in the tournament, promising a better show in the upcoming CECAFA Women Challenge cup

    “We are happy with the way the team performed. Our focus now turns to the upcoming CECAFA tournament and hopefully, we can build on what we learnt in COSAFA and do even better in the tournament,” said Starlets Coach Richard Kanyi

    Neddy Atieno
    Neddy Atieno was in red-hot form, scoring eight goals in four matches

    Forward Neddy Atieno, who missed out on the Africa Women Cup of Nations last year, scored eight goals in four matches, a goal shy of eventual top scorer, Zimbabwe’s Rutendo Makore

    The tournament also saw Monica Karambu, Phoebe Owiti, Juliet Auma, Esther Nandika, Florence Awino and Lucy Mukhwana make debuts for the senior team

    Focus now shifts to the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup, slated for November 2017 in Rwanda. Kenya finished second in the last edition held last year in Jinja, Uganda, after a 2-1 loss to Tanzania

    COSAFA Women Championships Results

    Group Stages

    Harambee Starlets 5-2 Mozambique

    Harambee Starlets 11-0 Mauritius

    Harambee Starlets 1-0 Swaziland

    Semifinal

    Harambee Starlets 0-4 Zimbabwe

    Third Place Playoff

    Harambee Starlets 1(2)-1(4) Zambia

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