• Kenya's Harambee starlets bolsters Squad ahead of Lesotho tie

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Dec 02, 2011-

Kenya women’s U-20 soccer national team, Harambee Starlets have called up two new players to beef up the squad that will play in the return leg match of the World cup qualifiers on December 10 in Lesotho.

The new call-ups are Tar Tar high school striker Neddy Atieno and defender, Brigit Butiki who missed the first leg which stars won 2-0 at the Nyayo national stadium on September 18 due to lack of proper document.

“These are young girls and some of them did not have national identity card (ID) which caused delays in processing their travelling documents but we are in talk with the immigration department and the process is now progressing well,” said Starlets team manager, Maqulate Onyango at the City stadium.

Coach Florence Adhiambo is so far impressed by Atieno who is likely to partner Sharon Jepkerui, the scorer of one of the two goals in the first leg in the attack force. Wendy Achieng scored Kenya’s other goal.

“Atieno is a good striker and her combination with Jepkerui will do wonder in front. We are going for that early goal. We need to score at least a goal or at worst a draw in Lesotho,” said the coach.

Other new players who have been recalled to the squad are Mako Adams from Naivasha, Vivian Achieng (Kisumu), Alice Liavy, Christine Njoki (Nairobi) and Tar Tar secondary school goalkeeper Eunice Ng’olesia.

Kenya should expect a new Lesotho side after their coach, Puseletse Mokhasi promised to make changes to her squad which lost in Kenya by including most of the players who were unavailable for the first leg.

The starlets will play two buildup matches against local clubs before they depart for Maseru next week. Coach Adhiambo who has been concentrating on improving the teams defence positioning and counter attack will use the friendlies to select her final 18 squad who will be travelling to honour the return leg.

The UNICEF sponsored team currently camps at the National Youth Talent Academy-NYTA in Karen while their trainings are conducted at the artificial turf at city stadium as their match will be played on the artificial surface.

The team which will carry the two goal advantage into the return leg just needs a draw to sail into the group stage of the World cup qualifiers when they meet Lesotho in the World cup qualifiers.


 Elvince Joshua

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