Kenyan girls booked their league two sport with a resounding 22-0 victory against neighbours Tanzania. They needed a victory of any kind as they had already ousted bitter rival Ghana 1-0 in their opening match bettering their chances of qualifying.
Pauline Naise was superb hitting the board six times in a one sided encounter as the Kenyan queens embarked on their road to the Rio 2016 Olympics. Tanzania were no match for their hosts as they struggled in their own half for the entire match.
Tracy Karanja scored a hatrick in her international debut, Captain Betsy Ommalla, Jacqueline jow, Margaret Rotich, Lilian Aura and Anita Agunda all scored a brace. Terry Juma, Flavia Mutiva and Glennis Namasake also made sure their names were on the score sheet scoring a goal each as curtains fell on the three day event.
Women’s Coach William Oketch told Feverpich his team had finally achieved their league two objective and also lauding the girls for their hard work which had bore fruit. “The girls were brilliant for bioth matches we won by a solitary goal against Ghana because they were very tough, this victory against Tanzania has crowned it all,” he said.
He was keen to point out that the work had just began as it was not going to be a walk in the park in league two. “We don’t have time to party as league two is not far from now, it will not be easy as we meet better ranked teams and other league one winners, we need to get down to business and begin preparing.”
Captain Ommala said they will prepare well for league to and keep their winning mentality in order to triumph in Montevideo, Uruguay. “Am delighted that league one is behind us now, our focus now shifts to league two where we will meet stronger teams which means we have to up our game, but we will not be intimidate by their rankings,” she said.
Meanwhile Ghana beat Tanzania 13-0 to redeem themselves and go back home heads high. The West Africans lost 3-2 to Egypt the 4-2 in a shoot-out against hosts Kenya after the match had ended in a 1-1 dram in regular time.
By Elizabeth Mburugu, The Standard