By David Karanja
National women’s football team Harambee Starlets will take on hosts Algeria in their first leg encounter of the Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers Friday evening at the Bologhine Stadium in Algiers.
Starlets are facing an uphill task against Algeria who have qualified for the continental showpiece four times while Kenya has never graced any continental tournament in history.
Starlets need to pick an aggregate win in the two legs to qualify for the final tournament set for Cameroon from 19th November to 3rd December.
In another second round qualifier, Senegal will host Nigeria while South Africa’s ‘Banyana Banyana’ will take on Botswana on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Thika United defender Sammy Mejja will be out for about eight weeks after suffering another injury set back in training.
The young full back, who had just resumed training after months in the sidelines, fell awkwardly in training and injured his recuperating knee in the process.
Mejja missed the better part of the 2015 season through injury and was back in training during the March 2016 international break.
The defender joined Thika United from Kakamega High School and was named the league’s best young player after the 2013 season.