Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma believes his players who feature in foreign leagues will be of a huge benefit when they take on the rest of the continent in Ghana next month in the African Women Cup of Nations.
Ouma, speaking in a presser on Tuesday while admitting they were in a tricky group said the leadership and the experience gained in the foreign leagues will be an added boost to his charges in the pitch in their second successive AWCON.
“The experience gained by our players who feature abroad will be of a huge help to us because we will have more leaders in the team. We will be stepping in the field with players who can make better decisions and that can give a team the required edge,” Ouma said.
The coach who expressed his delight in making it to AWCON for the second successive time said their main aim was to better the outing they had two years ago in Cameroon and believed that despite being paired in a tricky group, they had the ability to spring a surprise in the showpiece.
“Definitely we are excited to be back. We know we are in a tight group but anything is possible. We have played Nigeria before, we came against South Africa in 2015 and played Zambia in COSAFA so we know what to expect.
''We won’t be naïve like we were in 2016. Everyone in that showpiece was new including myself but I believe if we get the required preparations everything is up for grabs. Our main is to better last tournaments outing and I believe it’s something that is achievable,” Ouma added.
Starlets are scheduled to report to camp on Monday 29 October where they will be for two weeks with a friendly against Uganda’s Crested Cranes already planned in that period.