Changes expected as Harambee Starlets kick-off Cosafa preparations

By Rebecca Magoma

Changes are expected on the technical bench of Kenya’s Senior Women National team before preparation for the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship kicks off next week.

The team is expected to report to camp this weekend in preparation for the championship that is set for Barbourfields Stadium and Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from September 13-24.

Former Harambee Starlets skipper Ann Aluoch was given the nod to guide the senior side for a friendly match against Lynchburg University, but has been appointed the assistant coach of the junior U-20 team alongside Jackline Akoth and head coach Caroline Obare.

David Ouma was in charge of the team when they took part in their maiden Africa Women Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon last year.

Kenya are in Group B alongside Mauritius, Mozambique and Swaziland.

This is a relatively easier group compared to Group A that has the defending champions and hosts. Group A includes: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar and Malawi.

Three-time winners Banyana Banyana of South Africa are in Group C along with neighbours Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana.

Banyana Banyana are expected to cruise from this group following their dominance over the group members.

Matches in Group A will be played at Barbourfields Stadium, while all Group B games will be at Luveve Stadium. Group C matches will be evenly split between the two venues.

The teams will play each other in a round-robin format with the pool winners and best-placed runner-up advancing to the semi-finals.

2017 COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP POOL STAGE FIXTURES

September 13 (Barbourfields Stadium)
10h30 Namibia vs Botswana
14h00 Zambia vs Malawi
16h30 Zimbabwe vs Madagascar

September 14 (Luveve Stadium)
10h30 Mauritius vs Swaziland
14h00 Kenya vs Mozambique
16h30 South Africa vs Lesotho

September 15 (Barbourfields Stadium)
10h30 Madagascar vs Malawi
14h00 South Africa vs Namibia
16h30 Zimbabwe vs Zambia

September 16 (Luveve Stadium)
10h30 Kenya vs Mauritius
14h00 Lesotho vs Botswana
16h30 Mozambique vs Swaziland

September 17 (Barbourfields Stadium)
10h30 Zambia vs Madagascar
14h00 Zimbabwe vs Malawi
16h30 South Africa vs Botswana

September 18 (Luveve Stadium)
10h30 Namibia vs Lesotho
14h00 Mauritius vs Mozambique
16h30 Kenya vs Swaziland

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