Harambee Starlets Prepare for Botswana Clash in WAFCON Qualifiers

Harambee Starlets Prepare for Botswana Clash in WAFCON Qualifiers
November 19, 2023

Kenya’s Harambee Starlets are gearing up for a crucial two-legged tie against Botswana’s the Zebras in the final round of the 2024 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (WAFCON) qualifiers. The Starlets, seeking to qualify for the continental showpiece for the second time in seven years, have named a provisional squad of 29 players for a preparatory camp.

Head coach Beldine Odemba has retained most of the players who featured in the previous round against Cameroon, with a few notable additions. Vihiga Queens’ Mercyline Wayodi and FK Apolonia Fier’s Lorna Nyarinda make a comeback to the team, while Kenya Police Bullets goalkeeper Mishi Mbaru, Bungoma Queens defender Centrine Wasike, and forwards Rebecca Okwaro and Nancy Atako receive their first call-ups.

Ulinzi Starlets duo Joy Kinglady and Fasila Odhiambo graduate to the senior team, adding to the squad’s youthful exuberance. The team is expected to enter camp on Monday, November 20, 2023, to begin their intensive preparations for the upcoming matches.

The first leg will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at home in Kenya, followed by the second leg away in Botswana on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. A victory over Botswana would secure Harambee Starlets’ place in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, marking a significant milestone in their quest for continental glory.

Here’s a look at the provisional squad:

Goalkeepers:

  • Annedy Kundu (Ness Atromitou FC)
  • Caroline Rufa (Simba Queens)
  • Lilian Awuor (ASJ Soyaux Charente)
  • Mishi Mbaru (Kenya Police Bullets)

Defenders:

  • Ruth Ingosi (Simba Queens)
  • Phoebe Owiti (Gokulam Kerala FC)
  • Dorcas Shikobe (Sirines of Grevana)
  • Juliet Auma (Kenya Police Bullets)
  • Centrine Wasike (Bungoma Queens)
  • Vivian Nasaka (Hakkarigucuspor)
  • Enez Mango (Farul Constata)
  • Fosca Nashivanda (Zetech Sparks)

Midfielders:

  • Corazone Aquino (Simba Queens)
  • Ketsia Ngaira (Ulinzi Starlets)
  • Lorna Nyarinda (FK Apolonia Fier)
  • Mercyline Wayodi (Vihiga Queens)
  • Fasila Adhiambo (Ulinzi Starlets)
  • Marjolene Nekesa (SK Slavia Praha)
  • Cynthia Shilwatso (FC Kryvbas Women)

Forwards:

  • Mwanalima Adam (Hakkarigucuspor)
  • Joy Kinglady (Ulinzi Starlets)
  • Jentrix Shikangwa (Beijing Jingtan FC)
  • Tereza Engesha (Hyundai Steel R.A)
  • Violet Nanjala (AMLFF LAAYOUNE)
  • Airine Madalina (Bunyore Starlets)
  • Elizabeth Wambui (Simba Queens)
  • Janet Bundi (Vihiga Queens)
  • Rebecca Okwaro (Kenya Police Bullets)
  • Nancy Atako (Kibera Girls Soccer)

Harambee Starlets will be banking on their home advantage in the first leg to establish a solid foundation for the tie. A positive result in the opening match will be crucial in boosting their confidence and momentum heading into the away leg.

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