FIFA U-17 WCQunior: Starlets Intensify Preparations for Crucial Qualifiers games

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~ Double tragedy

~ Encouraging Midfielder Imbachi

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The Junior Starlets team has ramped up their training sessions at Dandora Stadium in anticipation of the crucial fourth and final round of the 2024 FIFA U17 World Cup qualifier against Burundi.

Double tragedy

Scheduled to play a two-legged tie, with the first leg taking place in Ethiopia on Sunday, June 9, 2024, followed by the return leg at home on Sunday, June 16, 2024, the team is leaving no stone unturned in their bid to secure a spot in the prestigious tournament.

Encouraging Midfielder Halima Imbachi

Midfielder Halima Imbachi has expressed her excitement and determination as the team gears up for these decisive matches. She emphasized the significance of this opportunity, not just for herself but for the entire team. Imbachi stated, “The opportunity to qualify for the World Cup is immense for our careers. The scouting opportunities are immense, and it will be a game-changer for my life and my family.”

The Junior Starlets are fully focused on their preparations, sharpening their skills and tactics to face a tough Burundian side. With the dream of representing their country on the global stage, the players are motivated to give their best on the field and make history by securing a spot in the FIFA U17 World Cup.

Coach Johnson Mwangi has been working tirelessly with the squad, instilling confidence and discipline in the players as they strive for success in the upcoming matches. The intensity of the training sessions reflects the team’s commitment to achieving their goals and showcasing their talent on a global platform.

The support from fans and stakeholders has been crucial in boosting the morale of the Junior Starlets as they prepare for these high-stakes games. With the entire nation rallying behind them, the team is determined to make their mark and create a lasting impact in the world of football.

Defender Lorine Ilavonga echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the significance of the upcoming matches. “This is a coveted chance, and I am not planning on wasting it,” Ilavonga stated. “Representing the Kenyan flag means everything to us. The team is completely focused on this final match against Burundi; it’s all we talk about, and we are all aligned on the focus of having a positive result.”

They are set to travel to Ethiopia on June 7, 2024, for the first leg of the qualifier on June 9, 2024, at the Abebe Bikila Stadium, and will return to Kenya on June 10, 2024, to continue their preparations for the second leg, scheduled for June 16, 2024.After the two legs, the tie winner on aggregate will secure an automatic qualification to the 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in October, to be held in the Dominican Republic.

As the countdown to the qualifiers continues, the Junior Starlets remain focused and united in their quest for World Cup qualification. With hard work, determination, and passion driving them forward, they are poised to take on any challenge that comes their way and emerge victorious in their pursuit of glory.

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