Kenya: David Ouma returns to Harambee Starlets ahead of AWCON qualifiers

Rebecca Magoma

David Ouma has made a return to Kenya’s Harambee Starlets as coach.

Ouma, who led the Starlets to the 2016 AWCON finals, was in 2017 redeployed to the technical department while his place as coach of the senior women’s national team was filled by Richard Kanyi.

Kanyi was in charge of the team during the Cosafa championship in Zimbabwe where they managed fourth place.

Kanyi has now been redeployed to the technical department with immediate effect.

Ouma and Kanyi were in Zambia over the weekend with the team. Kenya played an international friendly in which they defeated Zambia 3-0.

Speaking to LadiesMarch, Football Kenya Federation Communication Manager Barry Otieno confirmed the latest development.

“We believe the training Ouma got in Germany has better equipped him for his new role and redeploying Kanyi will also give him the much needed chance to undergo the same,” he said.

The match played at the weekend was a build-up ahead of the two-legged AWCON qualifiers against the Crested Cranes of Uganda set for 4 April at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

The return match will be played at StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on 8 April.

In the meantime, Ouma has made additions in the Kenya squad bringing in long-serving Spedag defender Elizabeth Ambogo.

Other players who have been included in the squad include Gaspo Women custodian Brenda Achieng, Thika Queens duo of Monica Karambu and Juliet Auma. Youngster Mercy Airo of Nyakach Girls has also been given her maiden senior team call up alongside Spedag forward Esse Akida who was absent from the  Zambia clash due to an ankle injury.

If Kenya beat Uganda on aggregate, they will face Equatorial Guinea in the second and last round of the qualifiers.

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