Harambee Starlets racing against time to gain fitness

Coach Justus Omojong Okiring reveals to Goal that The Starlets, who moved into residential training at Kasarani on Sunday, are lacking physical fitness

Coach Justus Omojong Okiring reveals to Goal that The Starlets, who moved into residential training at Kasarani on Sunday, are lacking physical fitness

Harambe Starlets are racing against time to gain fitness ahead of their 2014 African women championship qualifying match against Rwanda in less than a week.

Coach Justus Okiring has told Goal that The Starlets, who moved into residential training at Kasarani on Sunday, are lacking physical fitness as they prepare for the match.

“The girls are playing good football and making good passes but we are lacking fitness physically,” said Okiring.

“We assembled the team late due to financial challenges and we must work as fast as we can in the remaining days to sharpen the team. I have been impressed by the qualities of players available and believe we will have a positive result in Rwanda.”

The Starlets will face Rwanda’s She Amavubi at Stade de Kigali in Nyamirambo on February 16.The winner of the two-legged fixture will face either Nigeria or Sierra Leone in the next round.


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Kenya will be eying to break back into the international scene after a long absence since the last time they featured was in a friendly match against Ethiopia in 2012 where the Starlets lost 5-0.

Kenya’s squad consists of several veterans like Martha Karimi, Rosemary Aluoch, Elizabeth Mwikali and Julia Gathoni. Other big names are players from the U-20 team that impressed in the 2013 World Cup qualifiers. The rest have been picked from the Women Premier League and secondary school tournaments.

The final squad will be named on Tuesday and the team departs for Kigali on Wednesday. The technical bench was named a few weeks ago with Justine Omojong Okiring taking over as head coach and will be assisted by former international Mary Adhiambo while Asha Pili was appointed as Team Manager. Sunil Shal and Joyce Nduku came on as goalkeepers’ trainer and physiotherapist respectively.