Kenya has been one of upward trajectory and improvement each day. The team qualified for its maiden Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) in 2016 after beating Algeria on the away goal rule.
The Starlets drew 2-2 with the North Africans in the first leg in Algiers before playing to a 1-1 draw in the return leg in Nairobi, Cherish Avilia’s rocket from 30 yards out counting as the most important goal.
Their maiden appearance at the biennial championship wasn’t one to remember in terms of results as they lost all their games, 3-1 against both Ghana and Mali, while suffering a 5-0 loss to eventual winners, Nigeria.
For the 2018 edition, the Starlets earned the ticket to Ghana after Equatorial Guinea were eliminated for fielding an ineligible player in the qualifying clash. Kenya had lost the tie 3-2 on aggregate, having won 2-1 in the first leg but lost 2-0 away.
Esse Akida stepped off the bench to score an 84th minute winner after Starlets came from a goal down with Terry Engesha cancelling out Jade Sayo’s early goal.
To get to the second round, Starlets beat a much-improved Uganda 1-0 on aggregate, the victory being sealed in the first leg with a 1-0 victory while the second leg in Kampala ended barren. In the first leg, Lilian Adera struck a wonder goal hitting a belter from almost 40-yards out to send the team to the second round.
Starlets kicked off camp towards the final tournament in Ghana on October 29 and are scheduled to play a friendly game against Uganda in Nairobi before playing their final build up game against hosts Ghana in Accra before the tournament starts on November 17.
Harambee Starlets Technical Bench
Head coach: David Ouma
First Assistant Coach: Mary Adhiambo
Second assistant coach: Jackline Juma
Goalkeeper trainer: Sunil Shah
Perfomance analyst: Roshny Bhatt
Team Manager: Mike Kamure
Team Doctor: David Ndakalu
Kit Manager: Rosemary Aluoch
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football