Kenya’s women’s national team’s Germany camp plans have been frozen, instead, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) will consider request for a warm-up against the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) hosts Cameroon in Nairobi.
Harambee Starlets pooled in group “B” alongside seven times champions Nigeria’s Super Falcons, Ghana’s Black Queens and Mali in their maiden AWCON outing are looking to play friendlies versus West Africa oppositions.
FKF honcho Nick Mwendwa made the revelations on Wednesday after the Kenyan women returned to the country to a warm welcome after an outstanding CECAFA Women’s Championship in Jinja, Uganda where they finished runners up behind Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Queens on Tuesday.
“There are tactical areas we feel we lost on yesterday and we are going to build on that but most importantly is to go back to camp two weeks from today and work for another three weeks and play against a tough side; Cameroon had requested to play us but we rejected but after the yesterday’s result we thought we could play them because they are in another group so they are coming to us. It is a big game because we are testing ourselves against top sides,” Mwendwa said.
“It’s not possible now to have a camp because we are going to play in Cameroon, we want to play more West African sides, test ourselves there because now we have tested ourselves in this region.” He confirmed just before leaving for a luncheon the federation and the ministry of sports and culture organized in honor of the Starlets.
Kenya, billed as the team to beat in the regional tourney were shocked 2-1 by Tanzania in the final played on Tuesday at the FUFA technical grounds, Njeru.
“Tanzania pulled a surprise on everybody because everything was going for them and I think that teaches a lot about tournaments and what you should expect to do; we thank Kenyans for their support and I’m sure with more support and positivity we can do more.” Mwendwa observed.
AWCON will kick-off in Cameroon from November 19 to December 3 with Kenya opening their campaign against Mali.