Harambee Starlets open AWCON campaign against Zambia

Written By: Fredrick Muoki
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Starlets had lost to Equatorial Guinea 3-2 on aggregate in the last qualifier
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Kenya’s Harambee Starlets, will open their Africa Women Cup of Nations campaign with a clash against Zambia on the 18th of next month. 

Kenya qualified for the finals after Equatorial Guinea got disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.

This year’s competition will be held from the 17th of next month though to December first.

In what will be the second appearance in a row for Harambee Starlets, the David Ouma led side, has been pooled in Group ‘B’ alongside defending champions Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.

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Hosts Ghana are in Group ‘A’ alongside Algeria, Mali and Cameroon. After taking on Zambia in their first match, Kenya will face South Africa on November 21 then winding up their preliminary matches with a clash against Nigeria, three days later.

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Starlets had lost 3-2 on aggregate to Equatorial Guinea in the final qualifying round, but after Football Kenya Federation lodged an appeal over the eligibility of six players who played a part in the qualifier, the West African Nation was disqualified.

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It will be the second time for Starlets to face off against defending champions Nigeria, after losing 4-0 back in 2016, as Nigeria went on to beat South Africa 1-0 in the semis and Cameroon 1-0 to win the title.

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Nigeria is the most successful side in the competition having won ten titles since 1991.

The defending champions, and Cameroon, will be making their 13th appearance in the competition while Ghana and South Africa are in their 12th year.

Mali, Algeria and Zambia will be featuring in the competition for the seventh, fifth and third time respectively.

 

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