Star­lets up­beat ahead of show

Coach wel­comes Flood­lit matches

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

With three days re­main­ing to the start of the 12th edi­tion of the 2016 Africa women’s Cup of Na­tions in Cameroon, Haram­bee Star­lets head coach David Ouma says the team is ready for the Pool “B” showdown.

The team has spent the last week pitched in Limbe, where their pre­lim­i­nary matches will played.

Kenya will be­gin their ti­tle cam­paign against Ghana on Sun­day be­fore fac­ing Mali on Novem­ber 23. They wrap up the group stage matches a match against ti­tle hold­ers Nige­ria on Novem­ber 26.

All the Star­lets matches will be kick off at 7pm Cameroon time ( 9pm lo­cal time) at the Stade Mu­nic­i­pal de Limbe. Ouma, who will be guid­ing the team in their de­but for bi­en­nial event, re­mained con­fi­dent that the girls will live up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

“We are fine and the play­ers are adapt­ing well to the hu­mid con­di­tions. The play­ers men­tal strength is on the rise even as I reg­u­late the ses­sions to en­sure the play­ers have enough en­ergy for our first game against Ghana un­der flood­lights on Sun­day 7pm,” he noted.

Ouma said is not wor­ried that team will play­ing un­der the flood­light. “It’s some­thing we can over­come hav­ing played un­der the same con­di­tions in the semi-fi­nals dur­ing the Co­tif tour­na­ment in Spain. The play­ers are fa­mil­iar with the con­di­tion and be­sides, our re­main­ing train­ings ses­sions be­gin­ning to­day (yes­ter­day), will be con­ducted un­der the flood­lights in or­der to get used to the con­di­tion,” he said.

The tac­ti­cian ob­served that be­sides the teams tar­get­ing a good per­for­mance, the event will also give chance to play­ers to show­case their abil­ity and tal­ent to other par­tic­i­pat­ing na­tions.

“The play­ers are ready for the event. They are aware of the op­por­tu­ni­ties the event will of­fer and so we hope they will catch the eyes of the scouts who will grace the com­pe­ti­tion.”

The com­pe­ti­tion will run from Novem­ber 19 to De­cem­ber 3.

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