Spedag’s Bushenei happy to make a come­back to Star­lets

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

Spedag club for­ward Sharon Bushenei has wel­comed her in­clu­sion into the na­tional pro­vi­sional squad which re­sumes train­ing to­day for the Africa women’s Cup of Na­tions fi­nals be­tween Novem­ber 19 and De­cem­ber 3 in Cameroon.

Bushenei, who has been away from the na­tional team since 2014, has been tipped to fill the shoes of the doubt­ful Neddy Atieno who joined Kenya De­fence Force.

Bushenei, who has scored seven goals for her side in the on­go­ing women’s league, was among the seven play­ers, who re­ceived a call up prior to Egypt’s In­ter­na­tional friendly match last week, where Kenya won 1-0.

The other new call ups in­clude Vi­higa Queens’ duo of Mau­rine Ater and Lil­ian Adera, Gaspo Youth’s Florence Awino, Soc­cer Queens’ Sharon Alu­och and Thika Queens’ duo of Mon­ica Karambu and Ly­dia Akoth.

Bushenei, who fea­tured for the side coached by David Ouma in the sec­ond half of the friendly match against Egypt, how­ever, re­mained op­ti­mistic ahead of the AWCON.

She said: “I am happy to have earned a call up to the na­tional team. The tim­ing wouldn’t have come at a right but again I know what is at stake.”

She added: “Of course Atieno is an in­flu­en­tial player in the team but I am ready and will­ing to fill her big shoes if I will be given the chance by the tech­ni­cal bench. Ours is to work as a team to en­sure we make good ac­count of our­selves in the event that we will be de­but­ing.”

Kenya, who have been drawn in Pool B along­side ti­tle hold­ers Nige­ria, Ghana and Mali, de­part this Fri­day to Cameroon, where they will play the host na­tion in a re­turn leg friendly on Sun­day in Limbe City. Star­lets lost 1-0 to Cameroon a fort­night ago at the sa­fari­com Sta­dium, Kasarani.

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