Cecafa: Coach Ouma demands ruthlessness from Starlets

Kenya Harambee Starlets' Coach David Ouma instruct players during their first leg of Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifier match against Zambia at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on Friday, Nov 8, 2019.

Kenya’s Harambee Starlets will be looking for their second win on Tuesday against Djibouti in the ongoing Council of East and Central African Football Association (Cecafa) women championship at Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Starlets head coach, David Ouma, has said the team is highly motivated to face Djibouti following a 2-0 win in their opening match against Ethiopia on Sunday at the same venue. The match will start at 2pm.

Starlets beat their Ethiopian opponents 2-0, with goal coming four minutes apart. Starlet’s midfielders, 17-year-old Jentrix Shikangwa and Cynthia Shilwatso, scored in the 79th and 82nd minutes respectively.

“Our win against Ethiopia was refreshing and encouraging to the team. We hope to get to the final this year and to even capitalise on our energy and pace to win it,” said Ouma.

Sunday’s win was particularly important for Starlets, who lost 1-0 to the same opponents in last year’s tournament held in Kigali. Kenya finished fourth on a better goal aggregate after finishing on four points, same as fifth-placed Rwanda. Ethiopia finished third in the tournament won by Tanzania who beat Uganda in the final.

Coach Ouma added that the team will employ a different strategy in Tuesday’s match. The coach said the team has learnt lessons and is looking to improve following a 3-2 aggregate loss to Zambia in the 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers.