Ouma counting on ‘harsh Chile experience’ to beat Ghana

Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma says he’ll be banking on the experience gathered in the 5-0 chastening defeat they suffered in the hands of Chile when they take on Ghana in their third group match in the ongoing Turkish Women’s Cup. The two sides lock from 5pm local time and Ouma is keen to bounce back to winning ways. Starlets have so far lost and won one match apiece, the victory being a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland in their opening match. Ouma has however stressed the need of avoiding mistakes made against the South Americans. “Chile relied more to bring their team in attack by two central defenders, we tried to contain the situation but we couldn’t manage because they were very good in terms of one on one situation. And that’s where we gave them the spaces,” he said. “At the highest level if you give your opponents the opportunity to exploit loose ball then you’re on trouble and that shouldn’t repeated today.” Ouma however urged his defenders to be tough enough and not allow opponents get in their area. “My defenders really let me down in our second match; they easily allowed Chile strikers to penetrate our area. Led by Janet Bundi I want them to stay firm and distribute balls to the midfielders. By doing this we will contain Ghana in both halves and definitely we will secure a win,” he enthused. Ouma either added that the experience they have by playing the Black Queens will not allow them to lose the match. “We have met Ghana more than once, recently in the Olympic qualifiers where after pulling a barren draw in the first leg at Kasarani we proceeded to beat them at their own backyard in Accra. Surrey it’s not an easy team to beat but I am sure for the qualities of players I have in my team we will do better.” The mouth watering match is scheduled to kick off at 5PM E.A.T at the Starlight Sports Complex in Istanbul.

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