National women’s football team, Harambee Starlets reported to camp on Wednesday February 24 and had their first work-out at the Kasarani stadium in preparations for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers against Democratic Republic of Congo at home in the first round on March 6.
By Thursday morning, most of the players had reported to camp with head coach David Ouma retaining the squad that took part in the Rio qualifiers last year where the team was eliminated by Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the third round.
Commenting on the developments, Ouma who is also the Sportpesa Premier League side Sofapaka head coach said they will take each match at a time and improve on the previous performance.
“This is a great opportunity for the ladies once again. By taking part in high profiled matches will also raise the standards of women football in the country. The women’s team has never played DRC before and this will be a good challenge for us,” said Ouma.
He added that preparations have started well with 16 players present in the first day of training.
“This is a good initiative and we thank the federation for the chance they are giving us. We will now do our best to qualify to the next round,” said the tactician.
Meanwhile, there will be two tier leagues for women football this season, the premier league and division one leagues.
Both leagues will have 16 teams each and they will start mid next month with other men’s lower tier leagues.