Olympic Q: Shikangwa penalty hands Kenya win over Ghana

Kenya are through to the penultimate round of the ongoing 2020 CAF Women’s Olympic Qualifiers after their 1-0 win over Ghana in the two nations return-leg match-up played at the MISC Kasarani on Tuesday 8 October.

Substitute Gentrix Shikangwa scored the only goal of the game, converting an extra time penalty to grant David Ouma’s charges a 1-0 aggregate win after both teams had played to a 0-0 result in the first-leg tie played four days ago in Accra.

Off the blocks

Kenya were first off the blocks, curving out the game’s first attempt on target as early as the sixth minute through Janet Bundi who found herself with space inside the area but her left footed shot was easily dealt with by Ghana keeper Dumehasi Fafali.

Four minutes later, the visitors would come even closer to breaking the deadlock with Grace Animah’s shot hitting the side netting much to the dismay of the Ghana bench who had jumped up in jubilation thinking that it was a goal.

Corazone Aquino had a go from distance as did Priscillah Okyere, once with a freekick that Ann Kundu in the Kenya goal was equal to.

Shilwatso

It was more of the same after the interval with halftime sub Cynthia Shilwatso, who had come on at the interval for the largely ineffective Mercy Airo, being a thorn in the side of the Ghanian’s.

But no side would be able to breach the other’s defence after the 90 with 30 minutes of extra time added on.

And it is here where Kenya would get the opener via penalty.

Sherly Angachi’s goal bound header was handled in the box to allow substitute Gentrix Shikangwa to step up and slot the ball home and seal Kenya’s progression to the next round where they are set to face off against either Botswana or Zambia.