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History as Harambee Stars ladies make African Cup of Nations

12 April 2016, 22:38

Nairobi - The national women’s football team is through to the 2016 Africa Cup of Nations after overcoming Algeria on away goals.

The Daily Nation reported that the  brave Harambee Starlets Tuesday claimed their place in Kenya's football history books after securing a dream ticket to the 2016 Women's African Cup of Nations finals to be held in Cameroon in November.

The Starlets rallied from a goal down to force a 1-1 draw in dramatic fashion against Algeria at a charged Kasarani Stadium to sail to the continental showpiece courtesy of away goals after a 3-3 aggregate.

The first leg in Algiers ended in a 2-2 draw last Friday giving Kenya an upper hand and at home yesterday, where they completed the job.

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Futaa.com reported that in an end-to-end game that kept the cheering home fans on their feet, Algeria struck when least expected in the 20th minute with the dangerous attacker, Bouheni Naima poking home from inside the box.

However, determined Stars equalised with a quarter of an hour left when substitute Cheris Avilia powerfully drove in to spark off wild celebrations in the Starlets bench and the terraces.

"This is history that has been made. We have done it against all the odds. No one gave us a chance but we have done it," an emotional Starlets head coach David Ouma said after the match as he soaked up the magnitude of the moment.

“Algeria knew that any kind of a win would put them through and we did very well. We played a good experienced team and we pressurised well to get an equaliser."

- News24


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