Kenya U-17 girls readying for Nigeria in World Cup qualifier

Kenya U-17 girls readying for Nigeria in World Cup qualifier

Kenya U-17 girls readying for Nigeria in World Cup qualifier

36 girls drawn from across the country have been drafted in the provisional  U-17 national team currently camping at the Matuu high school in preparation for the oncoming FIFA U-17 world Cup qualifiers. Kenya will play in her next assignment against African queens Nigeria on the 21st of January in Nairobi and the return leg in Nigeria two weeks later. Nigeria are the three time U-17 girls’ world champions.

Kenya qualified for the 2nd round after their first round opponents Mozambique pulled out at the last minute in November 2011. This will be the second engagement by a Kenyan girls’ team after the U-20 team qualified for the next round with a 4-2 triumph over Lesotho in December 2011.

The 36 girls were selected during a three days trials held at a National Youth Talent Academy Center of Excellence - Matuu high school - between 29th and 31st December 2011 under the support of UNICEF, ministry of education through the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association and Football Kenya Federation- FKF. 

The team will be coached by Bishop Njenga Girls High School coach Fed Serenge alongside Former Kenyan International Doreen Nabwire. Coach Nabwire is confident Kenya is capable of making history by overcoming the West Africans to prove to the world that indeed Kenya is endowed with abundant talent that had been left to rot away in neglect by the previous federations. 

The team will train at the Matuu School until 16th of January when they will shift camp to Nairobi.

“It is high time we put emphasis on developing youth talent. Playing against teams like Nigeria will expose our girls to better competition. As a federation we are determined to ensure football is developed in all spheres and girls’ soccer is part of our 2012 development calendar.” Assured FKF’s technical director Patrick Naggi who led a team of scouts to select the final 36 players from the 80 girls who turned up for the trials.

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