Holders Vihiga Queens Football Club stay top of the Kenya Women’s Premier League table standings with four matches left to play- but are tied on points with Gaspo Youth who only occupy the second position due to an inferior goal difference. Queens, who dispatched Kisumu All Starlets in their latest league action- a 3-0 win at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday, have now scored a massive 27 goals in six matches.
Coach Alex Alumira, however, reveals that before traveling to Kisumu, a change of approach had to be engaged as they knew they were going to face a side with a very potent attack.
”My current team has everyone adapting to various positions and that means we have learned to adapt to every situation. The girls take every match differently and before going to Kisumu, we knew it would be a tough match. That mental preparedness enabled us to win that tie,” Alumira, who has won the league title twice, tells Soka.
Queens have not conceded a single goal in their last six matches, a run that has them scoring a massive 27 goals. The trio of Terry Engesha, Topister Situma and Cynthia Shilwatso lead the team’s goal-scoring charts and were in fact the three names on the score-sheet for the defending champions on Sunday. Before taking down Kisumu All Starlets, Queens had walloped Oserian 4-0, Eldoret Falcons 4-0, Wadadia 5-0, Kayole Starlet 4-0 and Mathare United Women 7-0.
Alumira notes that his captain Enez Mango, occupying the Left Wing-back position for Queens, has contributed in 8 of the 27 goals.
It is no mean feat for a player who has had to try out different positions in the team before settling at Wing-back.
”Mango used to be a defender before everyone knew of her as a striker. It was I that gave her the chance to play upfront because at the time I had so many defenders. However, when I got enough strikers, I asked her to come back into defense and I am glad she has taken up the task positively,” continues Alumira.
Queens know a third successive title will permanently give them the league title and this inspires their chase for 2019 crown. Priding themselves in the tag ‘Legacy Makers’, Alumira’s unit head into the final rounds of matches with the upper hand against Gaspo and Trans Nzoia Falcons who are the only two teams to stay in the race.
”They want to keep the trophy permanently,” adds Alumira, ”If you look at the way they play, everyone fights for the team and goalkeepers don’t want to concede.”
So far, 2016 champions Thika Queens are statistically out of contention for the title as they have amassed 58 points and can only get to a maximum of 66 points. Queens and Gaspo Youth are already at 67. Trans Nzoia Falcons are the third side to also stay in the race and face Gaspo Youth in their next fixture. Vihiga Queens will watch this battle closely.