Its Algeria for Harambee Starlets
Kenya National Women Football team Harambee Starlets will play Algeria in the second round of the 10th edition of African Women Cup of Nations Cameroon 2016 qualifiers. Algeria eliminated Ethiopia 2-1 on aggregate.
Dalila Zarrouki’s 85th minute header made sure the North Africans earned a 1-1 draw in Ethiopia, and a slot in the second round of qualifiers.
During the first leg Algeria beat Ethiopia 1-0 to carry an advantage to the away game. Loza Aberra opened the scores for Ethiopia in the 34th minute but it was not enough to qualify to the second round.
Kenya earned a bye in the first round of the qualifiers after Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) withdrew.
Starlets head coach David Ouma said his charges are up to the task and they are looking for nothing but a win as they start their first leg away in Algeria on April 8.
“We are up to the task. It’s an open challenge for both teams where the winner from this round qualifies to the main tournament, hopefully it will be us,” he said.
Starlets are expected in camp this week as they prepare for the second round.
In other second round fixtures, Tunisia will take on Ghana, Senegal will play against Nigeria, Rio olympic games bound Zimbabwe will face off against neighbours Zambia in another qualifier, while Mali will entertain Equatorial Guinea with Egypt set to face Ivory Coast.
Botswana will face another Africa’s representative in the Rio Games South Africa’s Banyana Banyana.
Banyana Banyana played their first international friendly match against Cameroon on Friday and emerged 2-0 winners.
The winners from the second leg will automatically qualify for the final tournament set for Cameroon’s two cities Limbe and Yaounde this year from November 19 to 3 December.