Kenya Women National team, Harambee Starlets’ Olympics Qualifier against Malawi, slated for Sunday, September 1, 2019, is set to be played behind closed doors, at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
This is following the unavailability of the MISC Kasarani, the only venue approved by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for international venues.
“Concerning the request received on the 1st of August 2019 in order to temporarily use Machakos Stadium for the matches involving Gor Mahia FC (CAF CL Preliminaries) on 24th/25th August 2019 and the Senior National Women Team (Olympics Qualifiers) on 1st September 2019, please note that CAF decided to approve your request,” read part of a letter sent to Football Kenya Federation from CAF.
“However, due to the fact that the stadium is not an approved stadium, please note that both matches must be played behind closed doors,” continued the letter, signed by CAF Deputy General Secretary, Football and Development, Anthony Baffoe.
The Starlets are in the meantime, gearing up for the first leg, set to be played on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, in Blantyre. The team safely arrived in Malawi on Sunday, August 25, ahead of the crucial second round tie.
Should Kenya pass the Malawi test, they will be up against the winner of yet another second-round tie pitting Gabon against Ghana.