“Kenya Makes History: Qualifying for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup”

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• World Cup qualification a game changer

• Fruits of hard work and dedication

• Talent and commitment did it all for the Kenya Junior Starlets

• Cheche’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup goals

• #UgSportsNow

The qualification of the Junior Starlets – Kenya’s U-17 women’s football team – for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup has been described as a monumental “Game-changer” for women’s football in the country. The team, under the tutelage of head coach Mildred Cheche, secured Kenya’s first-ever FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualification. This achievement not only marks a milestone for the U-17 age group but also signifies Kenya’s debut at a FIFA World Cup finals.

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Fruits of hard work and dedication

Cheche attributes this historic feat to the hard work, dedication of her players, the unwavering support from the football federation, and the backing of the Government of Kenya.

Talent and commitment did it all for the Kenya Junior Starlets

In an interview with CAFOnline, Cheche expressed her excitement and pride at the team’s groundbreaking qualification, highlighting the significance of the achievement for Kenyan football, particularly for the women’s game. She emphasized that the success is a testament to the talent and commitment of the young players, the support system in place, and the belief in the team’s potential to excel on the global stage.

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Cheche emphasized the journey’s challenges but underscored the belief, hard work, and strategic approach that propelled the team to realize their dream. The qualification now stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration for aspiring female footballers in Kenya, encouraging them to pursue their passion for the sport and strive for greatness. It is envisaged that this milestone will ignite greater interest in football among young girls, laying a solid foundation for the development of women’s football in the country.

Cheche’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup goals

Looking ahead to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled to take place in the Dominican Republic between 16 October – 03 November 2024, Cheche outlined the team’s goals and aspirations. While acknowledging the competitiveness of the tournament, the team aims to leverage this opportunity to gain valuable experience, showcase Kenyan football talent, and grow as a cohesive unit. The ambition is to compete fiercely, learn from top teams, and make a marked impact while representing Kenya with pride on the global stage.

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The experience garnered from competing at the World Cup is expected to be invaluable for the players’ development and the future progression of women’s football in Kenya. This milestone achievement has not only raised the profile of women’s football in the country but has also opened doors for further growth and development at all levels of the sport. Kenya’s presence at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup stands as a testament to the potential and capabilities of the country’s female footballers and serves as a springboard for greater achievements in the future.

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