NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s junior football team will carry an advantage in their
return leg match against Ethiopia in their qualifier for the
2018 FIFA under 20 Women’s World Cup.
With a 2-2 draw,
Kenya hold a small edge over Ethiopia and will require a 1-1
draw or a win of any margin to secure their place in the next
phase where the winner will have to battle with either Algeria
or Ghana in another two-legged tie.
“It is not easy to
secure a draw away coming from two goals down. It was
unfortunate to concede early but the fighting spirit the team
showed has convinced me they are capable of bigger challenges,”
said Musa Otieno, who was part of the team’s technical bench.
assignment against Ethiopia in the 2018 FIFA under 20 Women’s
World Cup qualifiers will be played in Machakos on Sept. 29.
Starlets fought their way up from goal down to draw 2-2 with
Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on Sunday, meaning that they carry two
advantageous away goals heading into next week’s return leg.
Coach Otieno lauded
the team work and focus the team showed when pinned against all
odds saying he is hopeful they will record success in the return
“Our focus now is on
the second leg and hopefully, we will get positive results and
progress to the second round,” said the coach.
This was Starlets
second game in the qualification process, as they beat the
Zebras of Botswana 7-1 in the opening round of qualification
away at the Lobatse Sports Complex on July 21.
Botswana did not
honor the return leg match giving the Kenyan side a through
ticket to the next phase.