Kenya look to finish the job at home

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Kenya head coach David Ouma hopes his team can maximize on their home ground advantage and edge Ghana to progress to the penultimate round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifiers in Nairobi on Tuesday evening.

The Harambee Starlets held Ghana’s Black Queens to a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Accra last Friday and Ouma is confident his team can outscore the West Africans at home and proceed, to keep their dream of a maiden Olympic appearance alive.

“We are playing in a familiar terrain and the fact that we are strong at home is an extra boost to our confidence. The strategy is to create situations where we can be comfortable infront of goal and improve our sharpness.” Coach David Ouma
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“We did very well in the first leg away from home and now we have to do even better. I want my players to go into the match with confidence because if we could get a favorable result away from home and restrain Ghana at their home turf, we have the ability to step up at home,” Ouma told CAFOnline.com.

He added; “We are playing in a familiar terrain and the fact that we are strong at home is an extra boost to our confidence. The strategy is to create situations where we can be comfortable in front of goal and improve our sharpness.”

With a fully fit squad, Ouma is confident he can guide the team to the next round, though he concedes Ghana will still not be an easy opponent especially noting that they were pained after failing to get victory playing at home.

“They are a good side, very compact and good on the ball. But we now know them and how they play. We know their strengths and weaknesses and we will work to exploit their weak areas. We also need to find a very good balance defensively and offensively because we should also be very careful not to concede,” the tactician noted.

His sentiments are echoed by skipper Dorcas Shikobe who has issued a rallying call to her teammates to give their all and put their names in history books.

“We have never qualified for the Olympics and it would be a dream for us if we made it. We have come this far and we need to keep pushing. I believe in the team and I believe if we put 100pc tomorrow, we will be through,” the experienced defender noted.

A victory for Kenya’s Starlets will see them book a slot in the penultimate round against either Zambia or Botswana. The two meet in the second leg in Francistown on Tuesday with the Zambians leading 1-0.