Vihiga Queens Football Club will march towards their third successive Kenya Women’s Premier League title after successfully dispatching second place Gaspo Youth 3-1 in a league match played at the Mumias Sports Complex on Friday 1st November.
The 3-1 win, served by a brace from Tospister Situma either side of a Cynthia Shilwatso strike, takes Alex Alumirah’s charges to 9 points clear off Gaspo with just one match left to play.
The three-peat winning coach says that continental assignments for the women’s game are a necessity and one that will help players rank themselves against other top sides from different countries.
”The local league is tough, even if we have won it three times in a row, but I think time is ripe for these players to test themselves against top clubs from other countries,” he tells Soka.
In the previous two seasons, Queens had to fight till the last day in order to be crowned champions; in fact, last season, they won the title by a difference of one point against their arch-rivals Thika Queens. Being held to a draw by Trans Nzoia Falcons then, Vihiga had to cross their fingers when Thika took on Gaspo Youth who would do the defending champions a favor by holding Thika to a 2-2 draw.
In the two seasons before that, the league title had to be decided on a play-off basis- with Vihiga losing the 2016 edition to Thika before serving retribution a year later in the same fashion for their first-ever title. It is three titles now, and Alumira wants more.
”Our local teams had hoped that the CECAFA Club Women’s championships that had bee promised before the season started, would take place.”
”For the first time at least, we would get to play clubs from other countries. This was supposed to be in July but we haven’t heard anything from the FA’s on this issue again,” reveals the coach who just completed his CAF C license.
Alumirah believes the national team is doing well in this regard and it only shows how strong local clubs are in the country. If this can be replicated at the club level, then there is bound to be an even stronger national team.
”We need the challenge, it will help players to gauge themselves against other teams. At the national team level, we are doing good and I believe if our clubs get more exposure, Harambee Starlets will be even stronger,” he concludes.
With just one match left to play, Queens are nine points adrift second place Gaspo and have Teresa Engesha on 35 goals and Topister Situma on 32.
Meanwhile, the national team Harambee Starlets are in preparations for their 2020 Olympic two-legged qualifier against Zambia scheduled for November 8 in Nairobi with the return leg on 11th in Lusaka.