Yaounde, Cameroon – Coach Beldine Odemba of the Rising Starlets has announced the squad for their upcoming FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifier match against Cameroon. The first leg of the third round is scheduled for Saturday, November 11, 2023, in Yaounde, Cameroon, marking a crucial step in their journey towards the World Cup.
According to Kenya News Agency, the Rising Starlets are coming off a dominant performance in the second round, where they achieved a 10-1 aggregate victory over Angola. Coach Odemba noted that the team is in good health with no injuries reported in the camp. Despite the absence of eight players who are currently sitting for their KCSE exams, replacements have stepped up, ensuring the team’s competitiveness remains intact.
The Rising Starlets are focused on advancing to the fourth round, where they would face the winner of the Congo-Egypt match. A victory in the fourth round would secure them a spot in the 2024 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Colombia, a significant milestone for the team.
The match against Cameroon is set to commence at 7 p.m. East African Time on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo. The squad named for this critical encounter includes goalkeepers Scovia Awuor, Christine Omolo, and Ivonne Minage.
The defense is reinforced by Rebecca Kwoba, Rachel Adhiamb, Dorcas Glender, Judith Nandwa, Ruth Akinyi, Ann Brenda Ochieng, Tabitha Amoit, Redemption Mercy, and Sharon Vidah Okeyo. The midfield boasts talents like Clotilda Auma, Elizabeth Muteshi, Hellen Mito, and Sunira Manda Were. The forwards, including Valerie Leah Nekesa, Charity Midewa, Anna Nabwire Arusi, Elizabeth Mideva, Sharlyne Opisa, Fasila Odhiambo, and Emilly Okute, are expected to bring a strong offensive game.
The Rising Starlets’ upcoming match is not just a sporting event but a testament to their growing prowess in women’s football on the international stage.