The female national football team of Kenya is amongst the eight national selections that have qualified for the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon.
It is the first ever participation in the Women\’s AFCON for the Women’s national team, christened the Harambee Starlets of Kenya.
They qualified for the games on the away goal rule after a 1-1 draw in Nairobi against Algeria that left both sides on a 3-3 aggregate in the second round. In the first round, the withdrawal of the Democratic republic of Congo gave Kenya the opportunity to advance the second round without playing a match.
Kenya is currently ranked 132rd in world according to FIFA ranking of 26 August 2016. Its first participation in international football was Kenya in 2006 when that had their biggest win ever during the match against Djibouti that ended with a 7-0. The Harambee Starlets had their worst defeat in August 2006 when Cameroon slammed them a 5 – 0 win. They suffered a similar heavy defeat against Ethiopia in September 2012.
Head coach of the Harambee Starlets of Kenya, David Ouma has already named his team led by Captain Anne Aluoch that has been training since they qualified.
The Kenyan side is the only new comer amongst the other football giants that have qualified for the 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations to be held in the Cameroonian cities of Limbe and Yaounde between November 19 and December 3, 2016.
The different challengers include defending champions Nigeria joined by Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon (host), Egypt, Equatorial Guinea and Zimbabwe having qualified earlier.
The Kenya squad is composed as follows;
Samantha Akinyi plays for Spedag
Lilian Awuor plays for Nyakach Girls
Vivian Akinyi plays for Soccer Queens
Elizabeth Ambogo plays for Spedag
Anne Aluoch (Captain) plays for Spedag
Wendy Achieng plays for Spedag
Dorcas Shikobe plays for Oserian
Irene Ogutu plays for Oserian
Terry Ouko plays for Spedag
Sharon Aluoch plays for Soccer Queens
Vivian Corazon Aquino plays for Soccer Queens
Jacky Ogol plays for Spedag
Caroline Omondi plays for Spedag
Cheris Avilia plays for Spedag
Jackline Akoth plays for Makolanders
Mercy Achieng plays for Thika Queens
Caroline Kiget plays for Thika Queens
Mary Kinuthia plays for Thika Queens
Christine Nafula plays for Thika Queens
Esse Mbeyu Akida plays for Spedag
Maureen Ater plays for Vihiga Queens
Doris Anyango plays for Spedag
Neddy Atieno plays for Makolanders