- Cameroon and Kenya have had their pre match press conference
- Beldine Odemba Confident ahead of first challenge with Cameroon
- Ex Rising Starlets trainer, far from being pressured by host supporters
Kenya’s head trainer Beldine Odemba is clearly unfazed by the Indomitable lionesses of Cameroon, as both sides prepare to meet on Friday in the first-leg of the 2024 women’s African cup of nations (AWCON) qualifiers.
In the pre-match press conference held today Thursday, the ex-rising starlet trainer expressed optimism, fueled by her profound knowledge of Jean Baptiste Bisseck’s side.
When asked about her awareness of these 2022 women’s Africa cup of nations quarter-finalist, the manager derided and replied.
“I know a lot about the Cameroon team, I know their players, I know the competitions they’ve played, I know the friendlies they’ve played, I know Cameroon. I have done my homework,” Odemba stated
Appointed recently after coach Godfrey ”Solo” Oduor’s resignation last month, Beldine is quite popular in Kenya.
The 39-year-old was the brain behind Highway football’s second place finish in the East African Secondary schools sports in 2022.
Her experience in coaching this side, and Kenya’s young squad, earned her the top manager job. The game against Cameroon is her immediate assignment, one she is more than determined to win.
“We are very determined, we have been working hard as a country to build women’s football, we are making our steps, if we don’t meet the soccer giants, then how can we get better?,” Odemba questioned.
Kenya has always been on the losing end whenever they meet with the Indomitable lionesses, in 2006, this side conceded 9 goals on aggregate from Cameroon.
A win for this side tomorrow is not impossible, but it will not be delivered on a platter of gold.
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