U17 Women's World Cup qualifiers: Kenya intensify training ahead of monumental Ethiopia encounter

U17 Women's World Cup qualifiers: Kenya intensify training ahead of monumental Ethiopia encounter

Mark Kinyanjui 18:30 - 30.04.2024

The winners of the fourth-round tie secure automatic qualification to the 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in October, to be held in the Dominican Republic.

The Kenya Women’s U17 National Team Junior Starlets, is intensifying their preparations for the upcoming FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia.

 As they enter the third day of residential training on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, the team is gearing up for a two-legged showdown that will determine their advancement in the tournament.

The first leg of the qualifier is scheduled to take place in Ethiopia on Friday, May 10, 2024, followed by the second leg at home on Sunday, May 19, 2024.

 With all players reporting to camp ahead of the crucial matches, Head Coach Mildred Cheche expresses confidence in her team's readiness.

“I think we are prepared because most of our players have been competing at the highest level locally so hopefully they’ll rise up to the task ahead, so I am hopeful we have a great team that is going to play well,” Cheche told FKF Media.

The team is set to embark on their journey to Ethiopia on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, as they aim to put their preparations into action on the field. 

The stakes are high as they face off against Ethiopia, with the winner of the tie on aggregate advancing to the fourth and final round of qualifiers.

In the fourth round, the victor of the Kenya-Ethiopia matchup will go head-to-head against either Djibouti or Burundi. 

The ultimate prize at stake is automatic qualification to the 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, scheduled to take place in October in the Dominican Republic.

As the Junior Starlets gear up for their upcoming challenges, the nation rallies behind them in support of their quest to make history and secure their spot on the world stage.

 With determination and dedication, they aim to represent Kenya with pride and compete at the highest level of international football.


Ephy Awuor (Madira Girls), Scovia Awuor (Kobala Sec.), Velma Auma (Wiyeta Secondary School), Mitchelle Achieng (Brenda Girls)


Elizebeth Ochaka (Shiraha Starlets), Claire Meris (Kobala Sec. Sch),Lorine Ilavonga (Wiyeta Sec. Sch.),  Brenda Nechesa (Butere Girls Sec. Sch), Jenevieve Mitchel (Nyakach Sec.) Christine Adhiambo (Nyakach Sec.), Judith Nandwa (Butere Girls), Kimberly Akinyi (Madira Girls), Dorcas Glender (Butere Girls Sec.), Hilder Natecho (Archbishop Njenga Secondary), Rose Nangila (Wiyeta Sec. Sch.).


Velma Awuor (Nyakach Girls Secondary), Brenda Awuor (Madira Girls), Halima Imbachi (Butere Girls Secondary),  Rebecca Odato (Dagoretti Mixed), Susan Akoth (Gor Mahia Queens), Lornah Faith (Butere Girls), Lindi Weey Atieno (Sunflower Junior High School)


Valerie Nekesa (Madira Girls), Joy Angela Valencia (Butere Girls), Marion Serenge (Arch Bishop Njenga), Quinter Adhiambo (St. Alfreda Alara Mixed), Sylvia Mukai (Wiyeta Secondary School),  Diana Anyango (Butere Girls), Patience Kasichana (Uweza Women), Peruce Elizabeth (Magunga Girls)