Ouma purring as hopeful Starlets jet out for CECAFA test
Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma has hailed his squad of 20 players that jetted out for Kigali, Rwanda on Tuesday ahead of their CECAFA Senior Women’s Championship opener against Uganda on Thursday.
The tactician told Citizen Digital that team is in upbeat mood, the playing unit habouring huge aspirations after proper preparations.
Ouma, at the same time, praised Trans-Nzoia Falcons forward Martha Amunyolete who has represented Kenya at the junior level for making the cut.
Amunolete will thus be out to cut her teeth in the regional competitions, seeking to engrave a permanent place in the squad.
“Calling up a new player like Martha Amunyolete in a squad of 20 players shows that she has the ability and has worked to earn her position which is something very essential. It is not always easy to break into the senior teams but when a player shows the ability and the desire, the chance is there,” said Ouma.
“At the moment the mood in camp is good. The readiness of the squad is sufficient because we have always learnt from our previous encounters. We carry good experience into this tournament. Every team will be hard to beat so we have to help ourselves out by sticking to our game plan,” Ouma added.
The tourney offers the girls a chance to redeem themselves after failing to qualify for the Awcon, losing 3-2 to Equatorial Guinea on aggregate.
The Starlets came close to bagging the gong in 2016, when they sailed all the way to the final only to lose out to Tanzania in a hard-fought final.
The championship runs from July 19- 27.
Pauline Atieno (Makolanders), Monica Karambu (Thika Queens)
Elizabeth Ambogo (Spedag), Phelistas Kadari (Vihiga Queens), Dorcas Shikobe (Oserian Ladies), Anita Adongo (Oserian Ladies), Vivian Nasaka (Vihiga Queens), Lilian Adera (Vihiga Queens), Wendy Achieng (Spedag)
Caroline Anyango (Spedag), Ruth Ingosi (Eldoret Falcons), Sheryl Angachi (Gaspo Ladies), Cheris Avilia (Spedag), Cynthia Shilwatso (Vihiga Queens), Mwanalima Adams (Thika Queens), Esse Akida (Spedag), Mercy Achieng (Thika Queens)
Neddy Atieno (Makolanders), Terry Engesha (Vihiga Queens), Martha Amunyolete (Trans-Nzoia Falcons)