Harambee Starlets coach expresses optimism ahead of Cosafa Championship

By Rebecca Magoma

Newly appointed Harambee Starlets coach Richard Kanyi is optimistic of a good performance in the forthcoming Cosafa Women’s Championship.

The championship is set for September 13-24 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

The tactician says he is expecting to raise the bar that was set by former Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma.

“I have been in the football scene for 20 years. I have worked with Ouma behind the scene and I know these players very well. Some have passed through my handset, while others I have watched them grow and for me it will be to maintain the bar and build a team for the future.”

At the same time reliable defender Irene Ogutu will not be part of the national outfit. Ogutu is nursing a knee injury and coach Kanyi said her absence is a big blow to the team.

However, the tactician added that he was out to build a winning team for future. This justifies his inclusion of new comers in Florence Awino (GASPO) and Winfred Achieng from Mombasa Olympic, Judith Musimbi (Soccer Queens) and goal keeper Jackline Adhiambo from Mathare United.

At the same time, former U-20 captain Wendy Achieng has been appointed Harambee Starlets skipper.

The central defender who features for Women Premier League side Spedag takes over from Mary Kinuthia and will be assisted by national team returnee and Makolander’s goal keeper Pauline Atieno.

Commenting about the team’s preparedness for Cosafa she said: “We will take one match at a time. The morale in the team is high and we will do our best and make Kenyans proud. As far as the squad is concerned, the training is going on well and we can only hope for the best.”

 

Photo Credit: Capital FM Kenya

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