By James Agberebi:
Despite being drawn in the Group B along with heavyweights; the Super Falcons of Nigeria, Black Queens of Ghana and Mali at the 2016 Africa Women's Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Kenya women's head coach David Ouma is confident his charges stand a chance of making it to the semi-finals if their preparation is anything to go by, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Kenya will be making their debut at this year's edition after eliminating Algeria on away goal rule in the play-offs.
The team have enjoyed one of the best ever pre-tournament training programme for any Kenyan team in the recent past. They participated in the COTIF Invitational Tournament in Spain last August where they finished fourth, picking wins against Portuguese champions Benfica and Spanish side, Espanyol.
The Kenyan senior women's team went into a 10-day training camp in Morocco, where they played friendly matches against two local clubs, winning both.
And speaking ahead of the tournament which kicks off on November 19, Ouma however admits it is a tough group but states that they are good to go.
“It is a very tough group because all those countries are experienced when it comes to continental football. This is our first time there, but looking at how well we have prepared, I am confident we can attain our target of getting to the semis,” Ouma tells cafonline.com.
“We have had a great period to prepare and I must thank the federation and the government for investing so much in us. We will not disappoint. We have improved technically, tactically and physically over time and now, I can confidently say we are ready for the tournament.
“Every team in that group is good. We can’t pick out any and say we will pick our concentration on them. Our strategy is to take each match at a time and give out equal effort. We have to do our best."
Meanwhile, the Kenyans have since arrived Limbe, the venue for their group games.
They open their campaign against Ghana on Sunday, 20 November 2016, play Mali three days later before wrapping up against Nigeria on Saturday, 26 November 2016.