Junior Starlets: Moment of truth for Kenya’s history makers as U17 World Cup draw is conducted

Kenya's Junior Starlets booked a spot at the FIFA U17 World Cup for the first time ever in the country's history.

Junior Starlets: Moment of truth for Kenya’s history makers as U17 World Cup draw is conducted

Joel Omotto 10:42 - 22.06.2024

Kenya’s Junior Starlets will be hoping to avoid landing in a ‘Group of death’ as the draw for the FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup is conducted.

Kenya’s Junior Starlets will know their opponents for the Women’s FIFA U17 World Cup when the draw is conducted in the Dominican Republic on Saturday (Sunday morning Kenyan time).

The youngsters made history by becoming the first Kenyan team to qualify for a World Cup following a 5-0 aggregate victory against Burundi last weekend and their moment of truth has now arrived.

Kenya are in Pot 4, meaning they are among the lowest seeded teams alongside South Korea, Poland and Equator and will land either hosts Dominican Republic, Spain, Japan or North Korea, who are in Pot 1, while the United States, Brazil, Mexico and New Zealand, who form Pot 2, are also possible opponents.

African counterparts Nigeria and Zambia are in Pot 3 and since they come from the same confederation, England and Colombia, the other teams in the pot, are also possible opponents for Kenya.

Mildred Cheche’s girls have been lauded all over the country and in the region for their historic achievement and will hope to have good preparations before the tournament slated for October 16-November 3.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) already announced that the team will have a three-week camp in Marbella, Spain before the World Cup although there is still uncertainty over the participation of eight players who are Four Form students.

FKF and the government are looking at ways in which the players can feature in the tournament and still sit their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Exams.