Kenya’s U17 Women on Verge of World Cup History After Ethiopia Win

Starlets Soar! Kenya's U17 Women One Win from World Cup Qualification
Kenya's U17 Women on Verge of World Cup History After Ethiopia Win | Kenya

The Kenyan U17 national team, the Junior Starlets, are on the verge of making history after a resounding 3-0 victory against Ethiopia in the third round of the 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers. This dominant performance at the Ulinzi Sports Complex on Sunday, May 19th, propels them into the final qualifying round, just one win away from a historic first-ever World Cup appearance.

Captain Elizabeth Ochaka set the tone early, leading by example with a crucial headed goal in the 44th minute. This strike sent the Starlets into halftime with a significant advantage and boosted their confidence for the second half.

The momentum continued to swing in Kenya’s favor after the break. Velma Awuor stepped up in the 55th minute with a well-executed goal, extending their lead and putting Ethiopia further on the back foot. Lorna Faith then sealed the deal with another goal in the 70th minute, putting the game firmly out of reach and sending the Starlets into jubilation.

This decisive victory sets up a crucial final hurdle for the Junior Starlets – a clash against Burundi in the fourth and final round of qualifiers. The winner of this encounter will book their ticket to the Dominican Republic, where the 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup will be held.

The entire nation of Kenya will be behind the Starlets as they strive to make history and compete on the global stage for the first time. With their impressive performance against Ethiopia and the unwavering support behind them, the Junior Starlets are well-positioned to achieve this remarkable feat.

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