STOPPER BULLISH

I'm still Kenya One, insists Kundu

Kenya will look to maximise on home advantage, with both games slated for Nairobi, on October 20 and October 24.

In Summary

• The 24-year old remains unattached just like teammate Ruth Ingosi after helping Ael Champions finish fourth in the 10-team league in Cyprus Women's Division One League in March this year.

•"I am still the first choice goalkeeper and I trust myself. It's not that I am overconfident but that I know what is required to don the national colours having served starlets previously diligently," she said.

Harambee Starlets' goalkeeper Annette Kundu during a past training session
Harambee Starlets' goalkeeper Annette Kundu during a past training session
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Despite cut-throat competition in the goalkeeping department, Annet Kundu has maintained that she's still 'Kenya One' despite being clubless.

The 24-year old remains unattached just like teammate Ruth Ingosi after helping Ael Champions finish fourth in the 10-team league in Cyprus Women's Division One League in March this year.

The former Lakatamia FC shot-stopper was one of the four goalkeepers called up for Starlets duty for the upcoming 2022 African Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier against South Sudan later this month by Starlet coach Charles Okere.

Kundu who has become indispensable since guiding Starlets to the CECAFA glory in Tanzania 2019 where she won the golden glove without conceding,  will vie for a starting spot alongside Pauline Katharu of Kibera Girls Soccer, Vihiga Queens' Lilian Awour and Maureen Shimuli who turns up for Ulinzi Starlets.

"I am still the first choice goalkeeper and I trust myself. It's not that I am overconfident but that I know what is required to don the national colours having served starlets previously diligently," she said.

"I know the three other goalkeepers are equally good and up to the task but I am ready to fight for my place. I have been training at an individual level and my fitness is top-notch despite not playing for more than five months."

Starlets will aim to qualify for the bi-annual tournament for the second time after making their debut in 2016—losing to Nigeria, Mali and Ghana in the group stage. 

Kenya will look to maximise on home advantage, with both games slated for Nairobi, on October 20 and October 24.

Kundu, formerly of Eldoret Falcon, said she's not worried about her status adding that she will reveal her next move soon.

"We are in discussion with some clubs abroad though nothing is finalised yet. However, I expect a decision about my future to be clearer sooner. It certainly won't be at Ael," she said.