By Rachael Ugiagbe
The national senior women’s team of Kenya began training on Wednesday at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani ahead of next month’s CAF Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifier against DR Congo.
Head coach of the team Rosemary Aluoch said that 16 players had reported to camp and they await 12 more players to join the squad by the end of the week.
“We have our training program in place. We will conduct our first session today (wednesday) at 4pm and from tomorrow (thursday), we will have two sessions in the day,” said the former national team player.
“The players have been off season and a lot will have to be put in place but we are hopeful that with the few days at our disposal, we will be ready to face our opponents because our objective is to qualify for the next round.
The Harambee Starlets will be coming up against an unfamiliar opponents DR Congo, whom they have not played before, and officials have said that it will be an interesting match and they are looking forward to it.
“It’s unfortunate that we have never played DR Congo before and we don’t know what to expect from them but we will just have to wait and see how all this will pan out. But with the squad we have, I am optimistic of good results,” observed the official.
The team played their last international match against Banyana Banyana of South Africa last year where they were beaten 3-1 on aggregate.
Starlets suffered a 2-1 loss in the first leg in South Africa and continued with their poor run of form, losing 1-0 in the return leg played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.