Star­lets fo­cused

Nab­wire says early ar­rival in Cameroon gives them an edge

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - BY AGNES MAKHANDIA @dor­ry­tik

Haram­bee Star­lets team man­ager Doreen Nab­wire be­lieves their early ar­rival in the host city Limbe, Cameroon will give them an edge over their op­po­nents as the 12th edi­tion of the 2016 Africa women’s Cup of Na­tions gets un­der­way next week­end.

The team, which left the coun­try last Fri­day are the only na­tion that has since ar­rived in Cameroon ahead of the cham­pi­onship that kicks off from Novem­ber 19 to De­cem­ber 3 in the cities of Limbe and Yaounde re­spec­tively.

Nab­wire, who dou­bles up as the na­tional team player was, how­ever, wary of the hot con­di­tions in Limbe but was quick to note that the play­ers are adapt­ing well.

She said: “The weather here is harsh but the play­ers are slowly but surely adapt­ing. I am happy the Foot­ball Kenya Fed­er­a­tion man­age­ment made it pos­si­ble for the team to pitch camp here well ahead of the event and be­cause of this, the team is mo­ti­vated.”

She added: “We haven’t had the chance to train at the event’s fa­cil­ity but we are train­ing at a new sta­dium called Mid­dle Farm, where par­tic­i­pat­ing teams will con­duct their train­ing ses­sions. The morale in the team is high and we can only hope for the best.”

The team, which has been drawn in Pool ‘B’ along­side Nige­ria, Mali and Ghana, wrapped up their series of In­ter­na­tional friendly matches with 2-1 loss against hosts Cameroon over the week­end.

The side, coached by David Ouma, had lost 1-0 dur­ing the first leg in Nairobi two weeks ear­lier. The na­tional team will launch their AWCON cam­paign against reg­u­lars Ghana on Novem­ber 20 at the Stade Mu­nic­i­pal de Limbe.

They will then face Mali on Novem­ber 23 be­fore wrap­ping up their pre­lim­i­nary fix­tures against ti­tle hold­ers Nige­ria on Nove­mebr 26. Goal­keep­ers: Sa­matha Akinyi, Vi­vian Akinyi, Lil­ian Awour; De­fend­ers: Anne Alu­och, Wendy Achieng, El­iz­a­beth Am­bogo, Dor­cas Shikobe Irene Ogutu, Doris Anyango, Lil­ian Adera; Mid­field­ers: Caro­line Anyango, Cheris Avilia, Chris­tine Na­fula, Jacky Ogol, Lydia Akoth, Vi­vian Co­ra­zone; Strik­ers: Esse Akida, Mary Kin­uthia, Sharon Bushenei Janet Mo­raa and Mercy Achieng; Tech­ni­cal Bench: David Ouma (head coach), Mary Ad­hi­ambo (as­sis­tant coach), Doreen Nab­wire (team man­ager) and Doris Pe­tra (head of del­e­ga­tion).

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