Kenya's Harambee Starlets won't be part of the 2020 Olympics after being eliminated in the fourth round of the qualification process by Zambia following their 1-0 loss (3-2 aggregate) at the Nkoloma Stadium on Monday 11 November.
With the first leg held last Friday ending in a 2-2 draw, Starlets needed a win of any margin to make it to the final round of qualification where Ivory Coast/Cameroon lied in wait but the early proceedings didn’t pan as they had planned.
The hosts pulled an array of attacks with Rachel Kundananji being a constant waste in front of their guests’ goal. She was to miss an open goal at the quarter-hour mark and when Zambia won a penalty in the 25th minute, the play was to see her effort come off the bar.
Starlets' Wincate Kaari was to test keeper Hazel Nali with a sumptuous free-kick but the shot-stopper was up to the task as the half was to end in a scoreless draw.
Zambia, however, was to break the deadlock thirteen minutes after resumption through Mweemba Lushomo and despite a changed second-half display from Kenya, they were to fall short in the qualifiers.
Zambia Starting XI: 16 Nali, 10 Chanda G, 11 Barbara Banda (C), 20 Nachula, 12 Chileshe R, 17 Mwakapila, 5 Mulenga A, 13 Tembo M, 8 Belemu M, 3 Mweemba
Harambee Starlets Starting XI: 1. Annette Kundu (GK), 3. Vivian Nasaka, 15. Wincate Kaari, 5. Dorcas Shikobe (C), 20. Ruth Ingosi, 17. Vivian Corazone, 14. Elizabeth Wambui, 4. Cynthia Shilwatso, 6. Sheril Andiba, 2. Mwanalima Adam, 10. Gentrix Shikangwa
Substitutes: 18. Judith Osimbo (GK), 19. Monica Odato, 11. Nelly Sawe, 19. Lumasia Siliya, 13. Lucy Akoth, 12. Lydia Akoth, 9. Topistar Situma, 7. Janet Bundi, 8. Mercy Airo