Kenya, Zambia to face-off in friendly ahead of AWCON qualifiers

Rebecca Magoma

Kenya’s Harambee Starlets will play against the Shepolopolo of Zambia in an international friendly match set for March 25 at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.

This will be second time the two sides will meet following last year’s COSAFA Women’s Championship where Zambia defeated Kenya 4-2 in post-match penalties after the teams played out a 1-all draw in the third-place play-off encounter.

The friendly will be part of the team’s preparations for their 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers Crested Cranes of Uganda that is set for April 4.

“We believe the Zambia friendly will give us the much needed opportunity to gauge ourselves ahead of our AWCON qualifiers against Uganda,” said Harambee Starlets Head Coach Richard Kanyi.

The national team has been training at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos for the last four days but will take a break to allow players to take part in the premier league that is ongoing.

The team, however is expected to resume training on Monday to continue with preparations.

If Kenya go past Uganda, they will face former champions Equatorial Guinea in another two-legged fixture in the second and final round.

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