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Starlets gets a new coach ahead of friendly with Zambia

Zawadi Mohamed

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Football Kenya Federation has on Monday appointed Charles Okere as the new Harambee Starlets head coach.

The appointed was confirmed through a statement signed by CEO Barry Otieno.

 Okere, whose appointment takes effect immediately, replaces David Ouma who is said to have parted ways with the federation on mutual consent.

“Football Kenya Federation has appointed Charles Okere as the National Women Team, Harambee Starlets Head Coach… Coach Okere, whose appointment takes effect immediately, will replace David Ouma who has parted ways with the Federation on mutual consent,” part of the statement read.

Okere, will be assisted by Godfrey Oduor, who is KCB’s assistant coach and Mildred Cheche, who until her appointment was part of the KCB technical bench.

The Starlets head coach also doubles up as Tusker FC assistant coach in the Football Kenya Federation Premier League.

The appointment of Okere comes when the Starlets are expected to play an international friendly match against the Copper Queens of Zambia on April 24.

On Friday the women team received the Covid-19 vaccine in preparations for their friendly match.

The friendly is part of preparations as the ladies’ battle for a place at the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Morocco and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Kenya will be scrambling for a slot among the six set aside for Africa at the global event.

Starlets have risen to the 124th position (986 points) in the latest FIFA Women ranking, a marked improvement from their 133rd position in 2019.

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