Starlets to face off Algeria in the second round

Kenya National Women Football team Harambee Starlets will play against Algeria in the second round of the 10th edition of African Women Cup of Nations Cameroon 2016 qualifiers after Algeria eliminated Ethiopia’s Lucy with a 2-1 on aggregate on Saturday 26 March at Addis Ababa Stadium.

Dalila Zarrouki’s 85th minute header made sure the North Africans earned Algeria a 1-1 draw in Ethiopia, and a slot in the second round of qualifiers.

During the first leg Algeria beat Ethiopia 1-0 to carry an advantage to the second leg of the qualifiers.

Loza Aberra opened the scores for Lucy in the 34th minute but it was not enough to enable her side go to the next round.

Kenya earned a bye in the first round of the qualifiers when Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) withdrew from the qualifiers.

Starlets head coach David Ouma said his side is up to the task and he has exuded confidence ahead of the first leg to be played in Algeria on Friday 8 April.

This will be the first time the sides will meet in a continental championship qualifier.

“We are up to the task. It’s an open challenge for both teams where the winner from this round qualifies to the main tournament, hopefully it will be us,” he said.

Starlets are expected in camp this week as they prepare for the second round.

Other second leg fixtures, Tunisia will take on Ghana, Senegal will play against Nigeria, Rio Summer Games bound Zimbabwe will face off neighbours Zambia in another qualifier while Mali will entertain Equatorial Guinea with Egypt set to face Ivory Coast.

Botswana will face another Africa’s representative in the Rio Games South Africa’s Banyana Banyana.

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