NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya will play Cameroon in Nairobi in their
third international buildup match ahead of the 2018 African
Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana from Nov. 17 to Dec. 1.
National head coach
David Ouma said Wednesday that plans have been finalized to play
the first two matches against Uganda and Ghana in Nairobi in
next 10 days while the venue and dates for the third match with
Cameroon has not been finalized.
“We are in talks
with Cameroon officials to allow their team to visit Nairobi for
another friendly before the kick off of the AWCON,” Ouma said in
“We need to give the
team the best preparations because the task ahead is very
Kenya will play
Uganda’s Crested Cranes on Nov. 4 in Nairobi and follow up that
clash with another encounter against Ghana on Nov. 7 also at
The team will then
have one full week to focus on the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations
and Ouma says it is prudent to slot in Cameroon to jolt the team
into a reality check prior to flying out to Accra.
Kenya beat Uganda
1-0 in their qualification campaign for the AWCON while Ghana
was too strong for the East Africans when they dismissed them
3-1 in the 2016 finals in Cameroon.
This will be the
second time that Kenya will be competing at the AWCON. This
comes after Equatorial Guinea, who edged out Kenya 3-2 in the
qualifiers, were banned for fielding ineligible players.
At the AWCON, Kenya
is in Pool B alongside defending champion Nigeria, South Africa
and Zambia. Pool A has hosts Ghana, Cameroon, Mali and Algeria.
The best three teams
from the tournament will secure automatic qualifications to the
2019 FIFA women’s World Cup finals in France.
Kenya has called 32
players in camp, but Marjolene Nekesa (USA) and Esse Mbeyu Akida
(Israel) have not reported for training.
Ouma will trim down
the team to 18, who will travel to Ghana for the finals.