Harambee Starlets has on Thursday, June 7, 2018, jetted out to Equatorial Guinea ahead of the second and final qualifying round of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.
This follows Kenya’s 2-1 win over the West African country in the first leg played on June 6, 2018, in Machakos.
Starlets conceded first courtesy of a 39th-minute header by Spain based Jade Boho Sayo that was canceled out by Vihiga Queens forward Teresa Engesha. Esse Akida then delivered the winning goal with six minutes left on the clock.
Coach David Ouma, who oversaw Kenya’s win on aggregate over Uganda in the first round, has expressed optimism that Kenya will make it past Equatorial Guinea.
“Coming from a goal down to win against a team of Equatorial Guinea’s calibre just shows how strong our girls are mentally,” said coach Ouma.
“The comeback is a great motivation for us and I am confident that we can get a positive result away from home,” opined the coach, who guided the Starlets to a maiden appearance in the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
A win on aggregate over Equatorial Guinea will see Kenya make a second appearance at the Africa Women Cup of Nations set to be held in November 2018, in Ghana.
Poline Atieno (Makolanders), Maureen Shimuli (Wadadia)
Wendy Achieng (Spedag), Dorcas Sikobe (Oserian Ladies), Dorris Anyango (Spedag), Elizabeth Ambogo (Spedag), Phelistus Kadari (Vihiga Queens), Lilian Adera (Vihiga Queens), Vivian Nasaka (Vihiga Queens)
Cheris Avilia (Spedag), Sheryl Angachi (Gaspo Youth), Corazon Aquino (Vihiga Queens), Faith Kwamboka (Thika Queens), Caroline Anyango (Spedag)
Mwanahalima Adam (Thika Queens), Mercy Achieng (Thika Queens), Neddy Atieno (Makolanders), Esse Akida (Spedag), Teresa Engesha (Vihiga Queens), Cynthia Shilwatso (Vihiga Queens)