FIFA U17 WORLD CUP Kenya’s Junior Starlets to pitch camp in Spain ahead of U17 World Cup

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has confirmed Kenya’s Junior Starlets will pitch camp in Spain to prepare for the 2024 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup scheduled for the Dominican Republic from October 16th to November 3rd.

On Sunday, June 16th, 2023, the Junior Starlets achieved a historic milestone, becoming the first Kenyan national team to qualify for a World Cup after securing a 5-0 aggregate victory over Burundi in the fourth and final round of the qualifiers.

Kenya went into the return leg fixture at Ulinzi Complex with a 3-0 advantage from the first leg played in Ethiopia and first-half goals from Marion Serenge and Valerie Nekesa ensured they emerged 2-0 winners to secure their place in the global stage.

According to FKF President Nick Mwendwa, the Junior Starlets will proceed to Marbella in Spain in September for a rigorous three-week training session camp in readiness for the tournament.

“We have a plan for the U17 (after the historic success), they have been supported, they have received what they are supposed to receive, they have trained when it is rainy and sunny, and now we are going to put them in Spain for three weeks starting from September, they will go to Marbella and then from Spain they will head directly to the Dominican Republic ahead of the tournament,” Mwendwa told Flashscore.

“We want them to get ready; we want them to play friendly matches while in Spain, so it is going to be a training like no other, we will give them support and make sure by the time they head to for the World Cup, they are ready to compete and not to participate.”

Throughout their journey, the Junior Starlets finished without conceding a single goal and managed eight. They first thrashed Ethiopia 3-0 on aggregate to book a date with Burundi, whom they eventually hammered 5-0 on aggregate to qualify.

The teams that have qualified for the tournament include Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Japan, Kenya, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Spain, USA, and Zambia.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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