In Summary
  • Botswana will be returning to the tournament for the second straight edition
  • Starlets will have to wait until 2026

Harambee Starlets have been knocked out of the 2024 Women AFCON qualifiers after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Botswana resulting in a 2-1 aggregate loss in the final qualifying round.

The southern African nation’s victory secures their spot in the upcoming Women’s AFCON to be held in Morocco marking their second consecutive qualification.

The starlets on the other hand will be left.

READ ALSO:Harambee Starlets Coach Odemba Names Provisional Squad for Botswana 2024 WAFCON Qualifier

Despite displaying dominance in the first half with a barrage of attacks, the Starlets struggled to convert chances into goals.

Mwanahalima Dogo had a golden opportunity in the 23rd minute, but Botswana’s goalkeeper, Sedilame Bosija, made a crucial save, denying Kenya the lead in the game that was played in Gaborone, Botswana.

2026 Tournament

The defining moment came in the second half when Cynthia Shilwatso missed a penalty, failing to beat Bosija.

The Botswana keeper’s heroics in denying the spot kick further compounded the Starlets’ woes.

The starlets now find themselves on the sidelines missing out on the Women’s AFCON once again.

READ ALSO:Harambee Starlets Kick Start Preparations For 2024 WAFCON Qualifiers

Kenya will have to regroup and refocus, setting their sights on the 2026 tournament for another chance at continental glory.

Reactions From Kenyans After The Loss

“Harambee Starlets tuko na a very quality team. Ukiangalia kila player ako na strengths na weaknesses zake, we need to participate in more tournaments and friendlies if we’re to improve on our weak defense and finishing,”Moraa T said on X.

“It’s sad that most of those top players will be missing some good action befitting their talent at WAFCON. It is back to the drawing board. On wards starlets,”Fannon Nailer added.

 

 

 

December 5, 2023

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