Kenya’s national women’s U-20 team reported to camp over the weekend at Machakos, in preparation for their two-legged second round FIFA U-20 Women World Cup qualifier against their counterparts Ghana.
Kenya will play the first leg away on November 4, before hosting Ghana in the reverse fixture at home on November 18.
Kenya eliminated Ethiopia 4-3 on aggregate in the first round to book the West Africans in the penultimate fixture.
Kenya forced a 2-2 draw away in Ethiopia and later posted a 2-1 win at home.
In the preliminary round, Kenya eliminated Botswana with a 7-1 aggregate win. This result recorded in the first leg away fixture led Botswana to pull out of the qualifiers citing lack of funds.
On the other hand, Ghana routed Algeria 10-0 on aggregate to qualify for the second round. Ghana pulled a double over Algeria with a 5-0 home and away score.
Ghana was given a bye from the preliminaries.
This will be a tall order for the Kenyan side considering the good record their opponents have had in this category.
Ghana will be seeking their fifth appearance in the global show-piece while Kenya will be seeking their first ever appearance.
This is the second time Kenya is taking part in the qualifiers following the 2011 qualifiers where they were eliminated by Tunisia in the third round.
At the same time, Sierra Leone has booked a third round spot following Tunisia’s withdrawal from the qualifiers.
Only two nations will emerge from the African qualifiers to represent the continent at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that runs between November 7-26, 2018, in France.
Other Round Two Fixtures
Morocco vs Nigeria
Burundi vs South Africa
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