Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma vows to deliver improved results at Awcon

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Harambee Starlets have been pooled in Group B of the 2018 Awcon competition to be staged in Ghana from November 17

Harambee Starlets coach David Ouma is confident that the team will register improved results at the Awcon finals in Ghana.

Starlets landed ten-time African champions, Nigeria in a tough Group B, that also have 2016 runners-up, South Africa and Zambia.

But despite facing a mountainous task when the competition kicks-off on November 17 to December 1, Starlets coach David Ouma remains upbeat that Kenya, who will face Zambia in their opener, will better their last performance.

Kenya took part in the last edition held in Cameroon, where they, crashed out in preliminary stages. Nigeria, in particular, handed Kenya a 4-0 defeat, having lost the opener 3-1 to Ghana and another identical scoreline defeat by Mali.

“I’m not focusing on Nigeria alone because if you look at the tournament, we have, like the top six African countries there, so basically every team is a worthy opponent. But I believe that with extensive preparation and a proper mindset, we can pick at least a point from each team.

“Last time out we lacked a bit of experience, but right now we have about five professional players, who will bring in more leadership into the squad. It is a tough group in that we have the defending champions (Nigeria) but I was ready to face any team.

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"We have been scoring goals; and all we just need for now is to make the players a bit more composed and we will get positive results.”

Equatorial Guinea, who were champions in 2008 and 2012, will not play at this year's competition after being disqualified for fielding an ineligible player during their qualifying victory over Kenya.

The top three teams of the competition qualify automatically for the 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup in France.

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