Harambee Stars draw in Morocco, Junior Starlets shine in Jordan

By alex wafula
Sep 01, 2017
  • Harambee Stars striker George Odhiambo trains at Kasarani. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Richard Kanyi, the new Harambee Starlets coach will use the Cosafa tournament to prepare for November's Cecafa championship in Kigali, Rwanda. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Mwanaisha Hamisi is one of the key players for Harambee Starlets. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

Khassa Camara’s cancelled out Massoud Juma’s early goal as Harambee Stars ‘B’ drew 1-1 with Mauritania in a friendly match in Morocco on Wednesday night.

The second string Stars side missed several scoring was left chances but assistant coach Frank Ouna was impressed with the performance.

“It was a bit disappointing to concede late from a penalty but overall, the boys did some very good work. We played so well,” Ouna told Sports News Arena from Morocco.

The team is scheduled to play their second friendly match against their hosts on Tuesday. Ouna believes they will be able to put in a better performance after picking up lessons from the Mauritania match.

The boys under Harambee Stars assistant coach Musa Otieno are using the week-long Morocco camp to prepare for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Meanwhile, Corazon Aquino struck a second half brace as the Harambee Starlets under-20 team won 2-1 against Jordan in their second friendly match in Amman.

On Monday, Starlets won 2-0. Kenya is The using the match to prepare for the World Cup under-20 qualification match against Ethiopia.

Cosafa tournament

At the same time, the senior Harambee Starlets upped their preparations ahead of the COSAFA Women’s Championship set for September 13.

New coach Richard Kanyi oversaw the team’s fourth training session at Kasarani as he worked on different combinations before the the tournament.

Starlets’ last engagement was during the African Women’s Cup of Nations last year in Cameroon.

Since then, the team has had a new coach with Kanyi taking over from David Ouma who now takes up the role of Education Officer at the Technical Director’s office.

Kanyi, speaking to Sports News Arena says he is ready for the new challenge. He has only been involved in club football, heading Thika Queens. It is his first time in the national team set up.

“I have been in women football for a long time and I am ready for this new challenge. We know what Ouma did for the team and the challenge for us is to replicate the same performance. I am sure I am up to the task and I can even do better,” Kanyi offered.

His targets heading into the COSAFA tournament where Kenya is pooled with Swaziland, Madagascar and Mozambique is to reach the last four.

Kanyi admits he knows not so much about his opponents. He has has brought almost 45 percent new players into the team with a few who were part of the side last year being left out.

Akida has work commitments

Esse Akida is out with work commitments while former captain Ann Aluoch has since moved to coaching.

There’s no place for Samantha Akinyi and Christine Nafula both who were an integral part of the team.

“What I am trying to do is bring in new players we also see them. I want to give an opportunity to every player. The ones not here now are still part of us and a time will come for them,” Kanyi explained.

Strikers Mwanahalima Adam and Neddy Atieno both who missed the AWCON have been included. While Adam was doing her final Secondary School exams, Atieno had been away on military duty.

The striker is however yet to report to camp as she awaits relevant military permission.

Kanyi will be using the COSAFA tournament to prepare for November’s CECAFA Women’s Championship which will be held in Rwanda.