- The Harambee Starlets will host Cameroon in a first official home game since October 2021
- Eliane Manbolambo scored the winner in the first-leg game last Friday
- Kenya is on a run of five consecutive defeats against Cameroon
- Fans are not expected to pay for tickets to the 45000 capacity Nyayo national stadium
The Kenya Football Federation (FKF) have announced the offering of free entry to supporters this Tuesday, September 26, when the Harambee Starlets set out to overturn a first-leg 0-1 deficit in the 2024 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) second-leg qualifier game at the 18000 capacity Nyayo national stadium, in Nairobi.
Kenya conceded an early goal and a defeat in the reversed fixture last Friday, in Douala.
A powerful header from CD Getafe defender, Eliane Manbolambo did the first part of the job.
However, the tie remains open on evidence of the performance of Esse Akida and mates at the Reunification stadium.
To step up the team’s input, the FKF is adopting a number of moves to better galvanize the Starlets whose only AWCON participation was in Cameroon in 2016.
The latest announcement from the FKF ahead of the return-leg game is geared towards wooing more support for Kundu Annecy and co. The hosts hope to beat Cameroon at home, to advance to the next round of the qualifiers.
The game provides an appointment with history for fans. They will be privileged to watch one of the best national teams on the continent at no cost, in addition to having the chance of pushing their nation to victory.
According to sources, FKF has also invited a number of Secondary and Tertiary schools around Nairobi and reserved sitting areas for them in the stadium ahead of the September 26 appointment.
Coach Beldine Odemba has equivocal about the qualities of the present generation of Starlets and the process of making it to their second-ever AWCON.
Her counterpart of the other dugout, Jean Baptiste Bisseck has also promised an improved performance in Nairobi, thus making it a must-watch contest.
The fact that the game will be the last at Nyayo before a one-year closure for renovation makes it more attractive for locals.
Kenya, on a run of five consecutive defeats against Cameroon, needs to win by two goals to advance to the second round.
Visiting Cameroon needs to just avoid any defeat by two goals to stay alive in the journey to Morocco 2024.
The indomitable Lionesses traveled to Nairobi on Sunday morning while their host Harambee Starlets also got to town on the same day.
The aggregate winner of the tie will face Botswana or Gabon. The former lead 4-1 ahead of the second-leg tie which will be played at home.
Morocco, who were hosts and runners-up of the previous AWCON will host the next tournament on a date to be announced by CAF.
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