By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster88)
Kenya’s Harambee Starlets will face some of Africa’s finest women teams including multiple champions Nigeria when they make their second Africa Women Cup of Nations appearance set to take place in Ghana from November 17 to December 1, 2018.
Starlets, reinstated in the competition after Equatorial Guinea were kicked out for fielding an ineligible player, have landed in Pool A which is headlined by 10-time winners and reigning champions Nigeria.
The other Group B opponents are four-time losing finalists South Africa and Zambia who will be making their third bow at the biennial competition.
Kenya lost all her three matches in their debut tournament in 2016, losing 3-1 to both Ghana and Mali and 4-0 to eventual winner Nigeria.
They will open their campaign against Zambia, who they beat 3-0 in a friendly in March, on November 18 at the Cape Coast Stadium before taking on South Africa and Nigeria on November 21 and 24 respectively at the same grounds.
Hosts Ghana, third in 2016 and three time losing finalists, head Group A alongside Algeria, Mali and Cameroon. The four teams will kick off the competition at Accra Stadium after the opening ceremony with Ghana facing Algeria before giving way to the West African derby between Mali and Cameroon.
With two-time champions Equatorial Guinea absent, all the teams, but Nigeria, have never lifted the title since its inception in 1991.
The top three sides from the competition will represent Africa in the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.