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Starlets bank on away goal in Botswana tie

The Kenyan national women’s football team coach David Ouma believes the team stands a good chance of progressing to the next round of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifiers, the 2-1 loss to Botswana in the first leg notwithstanding.

The Kenyan girls arrived from Botswana early Tuesday morning and headed straight back to camp in readiness for the match on Sunday.

“I have faith that we will make it especially looking at the spirit the girls have now. We wanted to score an away goal which I believe will make our work at home easier,” Ouma said upon the team’s arrival in Nairobi.

“We played so well in Botswana and we even had an early goal disallowed. But we managed to contain them for relatively long spell during the game.”


Ouma’s girls need only a 1-0 win in Nairobi to book a slot in the second round of eight teams.

“They play a very physical and direct game and if we can manage to employ the same approach, I am sure we will have a good result,” Ouma added.

Ouma hinted that he may recall the players who were dropped for the trip to Botswana.

The Kenyan team is currently placed 138th in the world rankings although they are yet to play five international matches to gain official ranking co-efficients.

Ouma’s hope is to get the country ascending on the Fifa standings and if they manage to get past Botswana in the Olympic Qualifiers, then he would be a few steps into achieving his ambition.