What you need to know:
- Harambee Starlets left Nairobi at 7:30AM this Tuesday
- The abroad-based players dominated squad face face Cameroon on September 22 at 7PM
- Esse Akida, who scored against Ghana during AWCON 2016 in Cameroon is part of 16 players plying their trade abroad
- Kenya will face Cameroon in the AWCON qualifier for the first time since a 9-0 aggregate defeat in the qualifier for the 2006 tournament.
Harambee Starlets head coach, Beldine Odemba says her players are ready to go all out against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifier tie on September 22 and 26.
Odema and her team completed a two week preparations camp this Tuesday, September 19, before jetting out to Cameroon, after ensuring they had sharpened all rough edges in the squad.
Returning Esse Akida and mates left Nairobi at 7:30AM and are expected to be in Douala by midday. Odema is fired up for the first-leg clash this Friday evening at Reunification stadium in Douala.
“Like I said before, our goal is to adopt a proactive approach in Cameroon. We are not going there to defend. Our focus will be to score as many goals as we can,” Odemba said.
Captain Ruth Ingotsi and co have a tough task of getting result against Cameroon, let alone prevent the regulars from keeping hopes of qualification for their 14th finals.
Kenya comes to town with a squad dominated by players from abroad, blended with seven players plying their trade in the country.
“We’ve done adequate preparations and I’m confident we are going to perform well against Cameroon. We have all our players in camp,” She added.
Coach Beldine Odemba’s 23-player final travelling squad will continue to train in Douala until Friday evening’s assignment at the historic Stade De La Reunification in Douala, Littoral Cameroon.
Valentine Kwaka (Kenya Police Bullets FC), Annedy Kundu (Ness Atromitou FC), Caroline Rufa (Simba Queens)
Phoebe Owiti (Vihiga Queens), Enez Mango (Farul Constanta), Wincate Kaari (Yanga Princess), Ruth Ingosi (Simba Queens), Vivian Nasaka (Hakkarigucuspor), Janet Moraa (Vihiga Queens), Waganda Lydia Akoth (Buja Queens), Juliet Auma (Kenya Police Bullets)
Cynthia Shilwatso (FC Kryvbas Women), Sheryl Angachi (Ulinzi Starlets), Vivian Corazone (Simba Queens), Mercyline Anyango (JFK Panthers), Mercy Njeri (Kenya Police Bullets).
Jentrix Shikangwa (Beijing Jingtan FC), Elizabeth Wambui (Simba Queens), Mwanalima Adam (Hakkarigucuspor), Esse Akida (FC Paok), Tereza Engesha (Hyundai Steel R.A), Violet Nanjala (AMLFF Laayoune), Mercy Airo (Ulinzi Starlets)
The reversed fixture will be played on September 26 at the Nyaro national stadium in Nairobi.
Aggregate winners of the tie will face either Gabon or Botswana in the second round, between November 27 and December 5, 2023.
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