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Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 18:23 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Harambee starlets will depart for Yaounde tomorrow Friday to participate in a return friendly match against Cameroon on Saturday November 5 and the 12th Edition of the Africa Women's Cup of Nations. The starlets lost by a solitary goal the last time the two nations met at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi. A squad of 21 players and seven technical bench members will board a Kenya Airways flight from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 7.30 am en-route to the capital Yaounde.
From Yaounde, the team will travel by road to Limbe city, approximately 304 kilometres west of the capital, where they will be based for the duration of the tournament and will also battle the hosts in their final build-up match on Saturday.
The team which recently resumed training has been involved in a series of build up matches against Egypt, Cameroon, and Liberia and will immensely boost its confidence should it win against Cameroon in Yaounde.
The Awcon, which is set to take place from November 19 - December 3, sees Kenya pooled in Group B alongside Ghana, Mali, and the current holders Nigeria. Starlets head coach David Ouma believes that the friendly will give the girls good competition ahead of the tournament.
The starlets launch their quest for the crown on November 20, at the Stade Municipal de Limbe against Ghana, before facing Mali on November 23. they will wind up their group matches with a tantalising tie against Nigeria on November 26
The Starlets head to the continental showpiece as complete underdogs but if their performance in the recent build-up matches are to be used as a yardstick, then they will be no push overs. In their three-month preparations the Girls have proved that they can go toe to toe with the continent's powerhouses.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.