AWCON: Battling Starlets on the Brink

The Kenya women’s national football team, Harambee Starlets, left themselves in a promising position to enter the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations after holding hosts Algeria to a 2-2 draw in their second round qualifier played Friday, April 8 in Algiers.

Starlets were just minutes away from collecting a win but conceded a stoppage time goal which gives Algeria a little bit of hope ahead of the return leg tie in Nairobi on Tuesday, April 12.

Starlets were handed a bye into the second round after opponents DR Congo withdrew while Algeria weren’t as lucky but collected a 2-1 aggregate win over Ethiopia in the first round of qualifying.

David Ouma’s side didn’t look out of pace though despite conceding just before the half hour mark when Naima Bouhani put the hosts ahead.

The lead lasted until the 78th minute when Algeria’s Fatima Sekouane turned the ball into her own net.

Toto Adam

Former Mombasa Starlets star Mwanahalima ‘Toto’ Adam put Kenya in the lead just seven minutes later but Bouhani got her second of the night to ensure the two teams finished the game level.

The result means that Kenya will enter into the group stage draw with a win, a barren or a 1-1 draw.

The biennial AWCON has been held since 1991 with current champions Nigeria winning 9 of the 11 editions, the other two going to Equatorial Guinea.

Other Results:

Zimbabwe 1-0 Zambia

Tunisia 1-2 Ghana

Mali 1-1 Equatorial Guinea

Egypt 1-0 Cote d’Ivoire

Senegal 1-1 Nigeria

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