Kenya are the 2019 CECAFA region Women’s champions thanks to a convincing 2-0 win over hosts Tanzania in the tournament’s final match-up played on Monday 25 November at the Azam Sports Complex in Chamazi Tanzania.
Young forward Gentrix Shikangwa came off the bench to score both goals and hand Kenya its first regional title in the Women’s game.
The Wiyeta Girls striker was introduced in the 50th minute after Janet Bundi was withdrawn with injury and like she has done throughout the tournament, Shikangwa produced the goods and showed why she is coach David Ouma’s secret weapon.
She grabbed the opener in the 70th minute through the spot after Tanzania defender Donisa Minja had handled a cross that Shikangwa herself had delivered.
The second goal that came with only three minutes remaining on the clock was an absolute beauty. Shikangwa struck the ball with her favoured left foot from outside the area with the shot wrong footing Najat Idrisa in the Tanzania goal and leaving her with an injury as she attempted to keep the ball from going in.
Shikangwa now finishes the tournament as the top scorer with 10 goals with the bulk of them (4) scored in Kenya’s 12-0 walloping of Djibouti in the group stages.
Below is how both nations lined-up for the final;
Starting XI: 1. Annette Kundu (GK), 11. Nelly Sawe, 5. Dorcas Shikobe (C), 20. Ruth Ingosi, 3. Vivian Makokha, 6. Sheril Angachi, 17. Corazone Aquino, 4. Cynthia Shilwatso, 7. Janet Bundi, 8. Mercy Airo, 2. Mwanalima Jereko Adam
Subs: 19. Monica Odato (GK), 18. Judith Osimbo (GK), 12. Lydia Akoth, 10. Jentrix Shikangwa, 16. Siliya Lumasia, 13. Lucy Akoth, 9. Situma Topister
Starting XI: 18. Najat Abass Idrisa (GK), 19. Happyness Hezron Mwaipaja, 4. Amina Alli Bilali, 6. Donisia Daniel Minja, 7. Mwanahamisi Omary Shurua, 2. Anastas Antony Katunzi, 9. Junitha Aminiel Singano, 12. Fatuma Khatibu Salum, 14. Asha Saada Rashid (C), 17. Enekia Kasonga Lunyamila, 13. Asha Shabani Hamza
Subs: 20. Zubeda Mgunda, 1. Tausi Swallehe Abdallah, 16. Opa Clement Tukumbuke, 3. Eva Wailes Jackson, 15. Janeth Christopher Pangamwene, 10. Phermena Daniel Kizima, 11. Diana Lucas Msewa, 8. Stumai Abdallah Athumani, 5. Fatuma Issa Maonyo