Free entry in Harambee Starlets pivotal WAFCON qualifier against Botswana

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FOOTBALL Free entry in Harambee Starlets pivotal WAFCON qualifier against Botswana

Festus Chuma 19:04 - 28.11.2023

Harambee Starlets embrace fans for crucial WAFCON Qualifier against Botswana, fostering unity and inspiring future football talents at Nyayo Stadium.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has waived all gate charges for the highly anticipated Women Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Harambee Starlets and Botswana.

This strategic decision aims to rally fans behind the team's quest for a historic second-ever appearance at the Women's Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).

The match, set to take place on Wednesday, November 29, at the iconic Nyayo Stadium, will open its gates to eager supporters starting at noon.

The FKF's commitment to nurturing the future of Kenyan football is unmistakable, as schools and academies have been cordially invited to attend the match.

A designated sitting area will be exclusively reserved for these budding talents, offering them a front-row experience of the thrilling encounter that promises to be a showcase of women's football prowess.

This crucial fixture marks the first leg of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, and the Harambee Starlets are primed and determined to secure their spot in this prestigious tournament.

The stakes are high, and the journey ahead is challenging, as the second leg will see the Kenyan team traveling to Botswana on Tuesday, December 5.

If they emerge victorious in this two-legged contest, it would mark their second qualification for the Women's Africa Cup of Nations in just seven years, a remarkable achievement that would undoubtedly ignite national pride.

Harambee Starlets earned their place in the third round of the qualifiers through a heart-stopping penalty shootout victory over Cameroon at the Nyayo National Stadium in September.

Sherly Andiba emerged as the hero of the day, displaying nerves of steel as she coolly slotted home the final penalty, securing the team's passage to the next round.

The jubilant scenes at Nyayo Stadium captured the euphoria of the moment and the nation's fervent support for the women's national team.

The match against Cameroon also showcased the depth of talent within the Harambee Starlets' squad.

Cynthia Shilwatso, a substitute, etched her name in the annals of history by scoring the equalizing goal with a free-kick that left the Cameroon goalkeeper initially clutching on thin air before comically fumbling the ball into her own net.

One player expected to lead the charge for the Starlets is Marjolen Wafula Nekesa, who plies her trade with top-tier Czech side Slavia Prague Women.

Nekesa's recent exploits, including leading her team to the UEFA Women's Champions League group stages, have earned her accolades and admiration from football enthusiasts worldwide.

Her presence in the squad adds a layer of experience and skill that could prove invaluable in the upcoming battles on the field.

As the countdown to the qualifier against Botswana begins, Kenyan football fans have an extraordinary opportunity to show their unwavering support for the Harambee Starlets.

With free entry to Nyayo Stadium and the promise of thrilling action on the pitch, November 29, is a date that no football enthusiast should miss.

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