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Kenya, Burundi battle for semifinal slot

A place in the last four awaits the winner between Kenya Harambee Starlets and Burundi when they face off in their second Group A encounter at the ongoing Cecafa Women Championship at Njeru Technical Center in Buikwe, Uganda.

Kenya, who have been dubbed tournament favourites, have lived up to expectations so far following their 4-0 win over Uganda in the opener but against Burundi they face a rather more organized and technical side.

Burundi thumped 10-woman Zanzibar in their opening fixture and will be looking to maintain their 100 percent winning record when they take on Kenya.

Burundi head coach Daniella Niyibimenya told supersport.com, “When you win your first game, it gives you a lot of encouragement. In our next game against Kenya, we want to correct the mistakes we made against Zanzibar.”

“This is our first time out as a team and as you can see Kenya and Uganda who are in our group are teams that are familiar with competitive football but we shall try to do our very best.”

Niyibimenya will be hoping to rely on Djazilla Uwimeza and Maggy Mumezero’s attacking prowess to break down the Starlets defense that is yet to concede a goal.

Kenya assistant coach Mary Adhiambo said, “We want to win all our games. That is the target every team has but we know that Burundi is a good team so we shall have to be on top of our game.”

With the return of veteran Doreen Nabwire Omondi and in-form captain Mary Kinuthia Wanjiku, the Starlets boast of an experienced side that is using this tournament as preparation for the upcoming Africa Women Cup of Nations set for November 19 – December 3 in Cameroon.

Burundi sit at the helm of Group A with a goal difference of nine ahead of Kenya who have a goal difference of three. Uganda and Zanzibar sit in third and fourth positions in that order.


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