FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifier: Kenya hypes Preparation

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The Kenya Women’s U17 National Team, also known as the Junior Starlets, led by head coach Mildred Cheche, is fervently preparing for their upcoming clash against Ethiopia in the return leg of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifier. After a hard-fought goalless draw in the first leg held at the Abebe Bekila Stadium in Addis Ababa, the team is leaving no stone unturned as they aim to secure victory and progress to the next stage of the qualifiers.

The Junior Starlets have intensified their training regime this week in anticipation of the crucial second leg encounter against Ethiopia. The match is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 3 pm, at the Ulinzi Sports Complex. The team is determined to put on an impressive performance and clinch a win that would propel them closer to their ultimate goal of qualifying for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

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Coach Mildred Cheche has underlined the importance of this match and has been working tirelessly with the players to fine-tune their skills and tactics. The team is focusing on key areas such as ball possession, tactical awareness, and finishing to ensure they are fully prepared to take on their Ethiopian counterparts in what promises to be a fiercely competitive encounter.

The players have shown great commitment and dedication during training sessions, displaying a strong team spirit and unity that bodes well for their chances in the upcoming match. The coaching staff has been providing guidance and encouragement to the players, instilling confidence and belief in their abilities to overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

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The support of fans and the football community is crucial for the Junior Starlets as they gear up for this important fixture. The team is counting on the backing of Kenyan supporters to create a vibrant atmosphere at the Ulinzi Sports Complex and spur them on to victory against Ethiopia. A win in the second leg would not only be a significant achievement for the team but also a morale boost as they continue their quest for qualification to the prestigious FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

As the countdown to the match begins, all eyes will be on the Kenya Women’s U17 National Team as they aim to showcase their talent, determination, and resilience on the field. The players are ready to give their all and make their country proud as they seek to make a mark in the world of women’s football. The stage is set for an exciting showdown between Kenya and Ethiopia, and the Junior Starlets are eager to seize this opportunity and write a new chapter in their footballing journey.

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“Playing this qualifier means a lot to us, especially for the girls, because it’s a step closer to the World Cup. We all want to give our best as a team and secure a positive result. Our ultimate goal is to qualify for the first-ever World Cup,” said Cheche.

Assistant Captain Velma Abwire speaking on preparations stated: “We’ve trained hard this week and are ready to give our best on Sunday. We welcome all fans to come and support us, pushing us to victory.”

Captain Elizabeth Ochaka echoed this sentiments, calling on all Kenyans to show their support: “We urge our fans to come out in large numbers to support us on Sunday at Ulinzi Complex.”

The winner of this match will proceed to the fourth and final round and will face Burundi. The victor of that round will secure an automatic qualification to the 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in October, to be held in the Dominican Republic.

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