Kenya’s Junior Starlets Cruised Past Burundi in the First Leg

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• First leg advantage

• Clinical halftime utilization

• Starlets awaits return leg in Nairobi

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Kenya’s Junior Starlets showcased their prowess and determination as they cruised to a resounding 3-0 victory over Burundi in the first leg fixture of the 2024 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifier held at the Abebe Bikila Stadium in Ethiopia. Under the guidance of coach Mildred Cheche, the team displayed tactical brilliance and attacking flair from the onset, setting the stage for a historic campaign.

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First half offensive attack

From the initial whistle, the Junior Starlets displayed a relentless offensive strategy, spearheaded by the likes of Lorna Faith, Marion Serenge, and substitute Susan Akoth. The team capitalized on their offensive prowess, with Faith opening the scoring in the 11th minute after a well-executed play involving Lorine Ilavonga and Kimberly Akinyi.

Halftime conquest

The Kenyan squad continued to dominate proceedings, with Serenge extending the lead before halftime with a clinical finish off a cross from Quinter Adhiambo. The team showcased exceptional teamwork and cohesive play, with captain Elizabeth Ochaka and Velma Awuor orchestrating plays from the backline to the frontline.

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Despite their commanding performance, the Junior Starlets did not rest on their laurels and maintained their attacking momentum in the second half. The team displayed a hunger for more goals, with several near misses and opportunities to further widen the goal margin.

Solid and impenetrable Starlet’s defense

The solid defensive line led by goalkeeper Velma Abwire, alongside Elizabeth Ochaka, Christine Adhiambo, Kimberly Akinyi, and Lorine Ilavonga, ensured the team’s stronghold at the back, thwarting any attempts from the Burundian side to mount a comeback.

The victory not only marked a significant milestone for the Junior Starlets but also served as a crucial advantage as they head into the return leg fixture in Nairobi. With a commendable display of skill, determination, and teamwork, the Kenyan squad demonstrated their readiness to make a mark on the international stage and continue their pursuit of glory in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

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As the Junior Starlets bask in the glory of their impressive victory, they now look ahead to the next challenge with renewed confidence and determination to script their place in history as they aim for qualification to the prestigious tournament. The team’s stellar performance serves as a testament to their dedication and commitment to achieving success, showcasing the talent and potential of young female footballers in Kenya.

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