By Julia Wanjeri
Kenya U20 Women’s national team announced their return after a five-year hiatus with an emphatic away win over Botswana on Friday 21 July in the first-leg of the preliminary round of the CAF U20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.
Martha Amunyolete, fresh from clinching the Golden Ball in the 2017 Kenya Secondary School Games, kicked off their rout in the 10th minute.
Cynthia Shilwatso then made it two-zip nine minutes later but Leano Atlang pulled one back for the hosts on the stroke of half-time to make it 2–1 at the break.
In the second half, Kenya certainly looks to turn the game on its head after Marjolen Nekesa came in for Rachel Mwema in the 57th minute.
Nekesa scored twice in five minutes to give Kenya a comfortable 4–1 lead in the 66th minute before turning a provider eight minutes to time, supplying a sumptuous ball for Captain Corazone Aquino to bury home Kenya’s fifth.
The match was far from done, as Diana Wacera, another second half sub, finished a stellar solo effort in the 87th minute to make it 6–1 for the visitors.
The duel finished as it had began with Amunyolete, who had kicked off the rout, scoring one more for the road to complete her brace.
Kenya returns home with a solid 7–1 away wins ahead of the second leg of this tie set for 4 August at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.
Should the young Harambee Starlets win this double-legged tie, they shall seal a date with none other than an old foe ETHIOPIA in the first round of the qualifiers.
The two winners of the third and final round of the CAF Qualifiers will qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup set for August 2018 in France.