Kenya Harambee Starlets advanced to the next qualifying stage of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations eliminating neighbors Uganda.
The Starlets despite drawing goalless in the return leg at Startimes stadium in Kampala on Sunday booked a berth into the next stage with the 1-0 win in the first leg giving them the advantage.
Kenya’s Coach David Ouma was quick to applaud the Crested Cranes for the spirited fight over the two legs and indicated they threw them a surprise package over both games.
“I must say Uganda has greatly improved from the team we played two years back. Despite having so many new faces and young players on the team, they were not a push over for us in the two games.” Said Ouma.
It should be noted that Kenya had scored a total of eight goals in the last two engagements with Uganda before the qualifiers. The first was a friendly game in Kisumu which the Starlets won 4-0 in 2016 and later won with the same score at the 2016 CECAFA Women’s Championship.
Ouma also stated that Uganda set up a defensive strategy that was not easy to break down hence making the fixture tricky.
“Right from the start, Uganda deployed a defensive strategy and always worked in numbers and always made it hard for us to break through. I must recommend them because they frustrated us.” He added.
Harambee Starlets skipper Wendy Achieng also shared similar sentiments with her coach asserting that Uganda put up a spirited fight.
Lillian Adera scored the lone goal over the two games to help Kenya progress to the next and final qualifying phase where they face Equatorial Guinea.
Ghana will host the final tournament in November this year where only eight teams including the hosts will take part.