Star­lets re­turn with fo­cus on next sea­son’s calendar

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

BY AGNES MAKHANDIA / Af­ter ex­it­ing the on­go­ing Africa Women Cup of Na­tions in Cameroon, Kenya women’s foot­ball team, Haram­bee Star­lets have switched fo­cus to In­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and friendlies lined up for next year.

Haram­bee Star­lets, who were mak­ing their de­but to the bi­en­nial event, lost all their Group ‘B’ matches against Ghana 3-1, Mali 3-1 and 4-0 to the cham­pi­ons Nige­ria last Satur­day.

Speak­ing on ar­rival from Cameroon, Haram­bee Star­lets team man­ager and for­mer na­tional team player, Doreen Nab­wire, said the team has re­ceived in­vi­ta­tion to play in next year’s Turkey Gold City tour­na­ment and are sched­uled to visit Ger­many for friendlies with women’s Bun­desliga sides.

Nab­wire said team’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the AWCON has been a good learn­ing curve for the play­ers and the tech­ni­cal bench at large but was quick to note that for the East African to match their West Africans coun­ter­parts in fu­ture, a lot still needs to be done. “Re­ally, it has to start with the play­ers them­selves. The ques­tion is are they do­ing enough on their own and are they on good nu­tri­tion? At some point, in­di­vid­ual bril­liance mat­ters, where teams col­lec­tiv­ity has failed,” ob­served the of­fi­cial.

She added: “Foot­ball Kenya Fed­er­a­tion con­tinue to sup­port the na­tional teams and go­ing for­ward, we can only hope for the best. But first things first, we need a com­pet­i­tive women’s league. How­ever, it can only be com­pet­i­tive if spon­sors come on board and we there­fore ap­peal to com­pa­nies and well-wish­ers to join forces and spon­sor the league. We want to be in the next edi­tion of AWCON and hope­fully, qual­ify for 2019 World Cup.”

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Star­lets’ Wendy Asol and Mary Kin­uthia (R) tries to stop Cameroon’s Ngo Mb­eleck Genevieve in a friendly duel /

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