Inspired Harambee Starlets goalkeeper delivers WAFCON promise ahead of Botswana tie

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FOOTBALL Inspired Harambee Starlets goalkeeper delivers WAFCON promise ahead of Botswana tie

Festus Chuma 09:09 - 23.11.2023

Determined Harambee Starlets goalkeeper vows to secure a spot in the 2024 Africa Women's Cup of Nations.

Harambee Starlets goalkeeper Lilian Awour is determined to lead her team to victory and secure a spot in the 2024 Women's Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).

With Kenya set to face Botswana in a two-legged final round qualifier, Awour is confident in her team's abilities and their unwavering determination to clinch a WAFCON berth.

Awour, who currently plays for France Division 2 side Association Sportive Jeunesse de Soyaux Charente, is poised to make a significant impact on the upcoming matches.

She believes that Botswana may not be an easy opponent, but she and her fellow Kenyan teammates do not fear the challenge. 

"Botswana is not an easy team, but we don't fear them as Kenyans. We believe we can beat them. We have trained extensively, gained valuable experience, and all our players are capable. We promise we will not let you down," Awour confidently stated.

Awour's return to the squad adds to the team's depth and competitiveness.

Known for her exceptional reflexes and consistent performance in her league, Awour will be vying for a place in the starting lineup alongside Annedy Kundu, further strengthening Harambee Starlets' defensive prowess.

Starlets entered their training camp on Monday, dedicating themselves to fine-tuning their skills and strategies in preparation for the crucial qualifiers.

 The first leg of the qualifiers is set to take place at home on Wednesday, offering an opportunity for Kenyan fans to rally behind their team and witness their determination to secure a spot in the prestigious WAFCON.

The second leg of the qualifiers is scheduled to be held in Botswana on Tuesday, December 5, 2023. 

The match in Gaborone will be the ultimate test of Harambee Starlets' mettle, as they aim to clinch a spot in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations for the second time in seven years.

Harambee Starlets squad:

Goalkeepers: Annedy Kundu (Ness Atromitou FC), Caroline Rufa (Simba Queens), Lilian Awuor (ASJ Soyaux Charente), Mishi Mbaru (Kenya Police Bullets)

Defenders: Ruth Ingosi (Simba Queens), Phoebe Owiti (Gokulam Kerala FC), Dorcas Shikobe (Sirines of Grevana), Juliet Auma (Kenya Police Bullets), Centrine Wasike (Bungoma Queens), Vivian Nasaka (Hakkarigucuspor), Enez Mango (Farul Constata), Fosca Nashivanda (Zetech Sparks)

Midfielders: Corazone Aquino (Simba Queens), Ketsia Ngaira (Ulinzi Starlets), Lorna Nyarinda (FK Apolonia Fier), Mercyline Wayodi (Vihiga Queens), Fasila Adhiambo (Ulinzi Starlets), Marjolene Nekesa (SK Slavia Praha), Cynthia Shilwatso (FC Kryvbas Women)

Forwards: Mwanalima Adam (Hakkarigucuspor), Joy Kinglady (Ulinzi Starlets), Jentrix Shikangwa (Beijing Jingtan FC), Tereza Engesha (Hyundai Steel R.A), Violet Nanjala (AMLFF LAAYOUNE), Airine Madalina (Bunyore Starlets), Elizabeth Wambui (Simba Queens) Janet Bundi (Vihiga Queens), Rebecca Okwaro (Kenya Police Bullets), Nancy Atako (Kibera Girls Soccer)

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