Cameroon – Women’s AFCON 2016: Harambee Starlets of Kenya make debut

Written by Deckson N.

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;

Goal keepers

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

Doreen Nabwire

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


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