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FKF boss blames ‘poor officiating’ for Starlets’ ouster at Afcon

Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa has criticized match officials at the ongoing women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon for poor officiating.

Mr Mwendwa has however praised the Harambee Starlets for their performances at the tournament saying the federation plans to retain the current crops of players in the team with the women’s 2019 World Cup qualifiers in mind.

“It is the first time Kenya is participating at the competition which is an achievement in itself. We had good preparations and overall I am happy with the progress. Without the Ghana bias (in officiating), it would have been a different story,” Mwendwa said.

“Let’s take it from here now. The focus is on 2019 whose result can culminate to the World Cup.”

Kenya was on Wednesday bundled out of the ongoing continent football tournament after losing their second match 3-1 to Mali. Kenya, who lost their first to Ghana by a similar scoreline, will warp up their campaign with a meeting with nine-time champions Nigeria.

Against Mali, the Kenyans were undone by a double strike from Malian hotshot Bassira Toube. She scored a second half brace, after Sebe Coulibaly had given the West Africans the lead. Cheris Avila scored Starlets’ consolation goal.