Vihiga queens flex muscles

Monday, March 14th, 2022 00:00 | By
Vihiga Queen player (yellow) vies for the ball against Sundown players during a CAF match. COURTESY

Bori Zachary

Once again Vihiga Queens  attacking flair this season was on superb display following a thumping 5-2 win over Kangemi Ladies at Mumias Sports Complex on Saturday.

After increasing their gap at the top last weekend to six points, the legacy makers widened the gap now to seven to maintain their steely focus on the title race and to remain unbeaten and firmly in control of the FKF Women Premier League table standings with 28 points.

“We thank God for the win and we are still playing to win to keep us going,” delighted coach Boniface Nyamunyamu said after the convincing 5-2 win over Kangemi.

Faith Marende Ongachi scored a hat trick, her first goals this season with Janet Moraa and Topister Situma adding the others.

Fasila Adhiambo was once again at it, trying to carry her team’s fighting spirit with a brace, but her efforts yielded little as Kangemi suffered their ninth defeat in ten matches to remain rooted at the bottom of the league with only one win and three points.

“Besides losing, I was impressed with the team’s fighting spirit. I think this was largely impacted by the four players I suspended who were trouble makers. Now I’m comfortable and making a big step ahead,” settling coach Joseph Orao lauded his Kangemi lasses.

He added that had they not been involved in a small accident that saw them arrive late (1:05 pm) and headed straight to the field without warming up, they could have even done better. “All in all, it was a good game, and thanks to all my players for the renewed determination,” Orao said.

Late charge

Meanwhile, reigning champions Thika Queens’ title defence charge was halted in Round 10 after hosts Trans Nzoia Falcons produced a late charge to send the tie into a 1-1 draw at ASK Grounds Kitale.

Lydia Waganda scored for Thika on the hour mark before Martha Karani equalised for the Falcons in the 89th minute.

Following the results, Thika dropped to third with 20 points, eight shy of leaders Vihiga Queens, while Falcons also dropped one place to fifth with 18 points.

Elsewhere, Kisumu All Starlets and Bunyore Starlets’ hopes of finishing their first leg campaign on a high were dashed after losing 2-1 and 3-2 to their visitors Ulinzi Starlets and Gaspo Women at Moi Stadium Kisumu and Mumboha Stadium Luanda respectively.

Jentrix Kuyudi grabbed a brace to help Ulinzi beat All-Starlets which has moved them up to second on the log with 21 points, while Monica Paul Etot grabbed a consolation for All-Starlets’ whose defeat, their eighth out of the season, saw them finish the first leg in the relegation zone with only nine points from three victories.

At Mumboha Stadium Luanda, the match was marred by controversies towards the end. Sharon Amayi and Prisca Ambale scored for Bunyore while Gaspo got their match-winning goals through Emily Kantai, Lilian Cheruiyot, and Mercy Airo with their third goal sparking controversy for being scored from the offside position, thus causing the match to end prematurely after nearly 15 minutes of protest.

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