The Mares are geared up for the WAFCON 2024 finals, aiming for a historic second continental showpiece. Their expectations match the nationwide anticipation of rising temperatures.
This afternoon, they face Kenya in the second leg of the WAFCON 2024 final round at the National Stadium. Success in this match would mark them as the first national team to achieve this feat.
The Mares' potential accolade would outshine the Zebras' and Diamond Zebras' accomplishments, both having reached the AFCON finals once. The local fanbase gained confidence after the Mares' 1-1 draw with the Harambee Starlets in the first leg in Kenya.
Despite having one foot in the WAFCON finals due to the away goal rule, head coach Alex Malete remains cautious. He acknowledges the opponents' determination to win and asserts preparedness to counter the Harambee Starlets. Malete reflects on uncertainties during the away game, especially regarding injured attackers. Now, with thorough preparation, he asserts a better understanding of Kenya's lineup and game approach. He emphasises the reciprocal nature of information between the teams.
"I think now we are at a point where we can say this is how they are going to line up and how they will approach the game. They are not a closed book, we are not a closed book; we have information on them as they do on us," says Malete.
Malete is confident as Lesego Radiakanyo and Keitumetse Dithebe have recovered from slight knocks in the first leg, ensuring the full squad is at his disposal. The Mares are on the brink of a historic achievement and Malete's strategic readiness positions them well for the decisive clash with Kenya. Kick-off is at 3pm.