Junior Starlets' World Cup dreams on the line as coach Cheche sounds alarm

Junior Starlets' World Cup dreams on the line as coach Cheche sounds alarm

Festus Chuma 10:25 - 18.05.2024

Kenya's U17 Junior Starlets are nearing a step closer to the World Cup, with coach Cheche urging fans for crucial support.

The Kenya U17 national team, Junior Starlets, head coach Mildred Cheche has expressed both optimism and caution as her team prepares for the crucial second leg of their FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifier against Ethiopia. 

Following a goalless draw in the first leg at the Abebe Bekila Stadium in Addis Ababa, the pressure is on for the Junior Starlets to secure a decisive win at home.

Speaking on the importance of this match, Cheche highlighted the significance of the opportunity. 

"Playing this qualifier means a lot to us, especially for the girls, because it’s a step closer to the World Cup," she said. 

"We all want to give our best as a team and secure a positive result. Our ultimate goal is to qualify for the first-ever World Cup."

The team has been intensifying their training regime this week, with a clear focus on preparation and strategy for the upcoming match scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 3 pm, at the Ulinzi Sports Complex. 

Junior Starlets assistant captain Velma Abwire echoed the coach's sentiments emphasizing the team's readiness and determination. 

“We’ve trained hard this week and are ready to give our best on Sunday. We welcome all fans to come and support us, pushing us to victory,” she stated.

On her side team captain Elizabeth Ochaka also called on Kenyans to show their support, underlining the importance of a strong home crowd. 

“We urge our fans to come out in large numbers to support us on Sunday at Ulinzi Complex. Your support can make a significant difference and drive us toward victory," Achoka said

The stakes are high for the Junior Starlets as the winner of this match will proceed to the fourth and final round to face Burundi. 

The victor of that round will secure automatic qualification to the 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in October to be held in the Dominican Republic. 

The Junior Starlets are keenly aware that a win on Sunday brings them one step closer to making history.

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