NAIROBI, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan National women's football team known as the Harambee Starlet have an eye on away goals to boost their chances of progressing in the African Women's Cup of Nations first round qualification on Sunday in Kampala.
Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma says their best defense of the slim 1-0 advantage they carry to Kampala will be made by playing offensively.
Ouma is ruing the numerous missed chances his team failed to exploit in the first leg match last Wednesday in Machakos.
"I hope it will not come to haunt us in Kampala," he said Friday in Nairobi. "We take on Uganda with confidence we can win away from home."
The Harambee Starlets need any kind of draw or win to progress to the second and final round of qualification where they will face Equatorial Guinea.
The coach remained hopeful that the team will wade through the murky qualification waters and secure their second shot at the continental premier tournament after qualifying in the 2017 event, but losing all of their preliminary matches.
"Uganda's best player is their goalkeeper. We have to find out a new way to make her defence porous. She made three very good saves and kept Uganda in the game on Wednesday," Ouma said. "I have to polish the skills of the team, especially on crossing the ball in the box and the strikers taking their chances."
Despite the thin advantage, Ouma is confident that the team has what it takes to go all the way even as they eye a second consecutive appearance at the Cup of Nations.
"We are going for a win and the pressure is on the hosts to pin us down and level matters in the return leg. We will be playing on an artificial turf but I don't think it will be a problem. I am optimistic we will go there and get a win," said the coach.