Harambee Starlets goalkeeper Vivian Akinyi has been ruled out of competitive football for six months.
Akinyi underwent a corrective surgery last week on her right knee, a procedure that will see her miss the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Qualifiers with the Starlets.
Starlets are set to take on Uganda in the qualifiers early in April, but without Akinyi, who picked a knock on her knee during a friendly with one of the local teams as Starlets were preparing for the 2017 Cosafa Women's champions.
“I feel so bad that I’m not in the squad, but it is for the best. I know that I will be okay in the next six months and will be back stronger.
“This does not mean I won't play a competitive match anymore. I’m very optimistic that I will be back and still will play competitively,” Akinyi told Goal.
Starlets are scheduled to play Uganda in a two-legged Awcon qualifier beginning with a home tie on April 4, 2018, before travelling to Uganda three days later for the second leg.