By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s women’s national team coach David
Ouma has urged his side to channel their frustration after
missing out of the Africa Nations Cup on winning this month’s
regional soccer championships in Kigali, Rwanda.
Kenya team, Harambee
Starlets, were edged 2-1 in 2016 by champions Tanzania in the
regional CECAFA, but have since found their groove, qualifying
for the first Africa Women’s Nations Cup in Ghana in 2016 and
lost out to Equatorial Guinea 3-2 in the 2018 qualifying
campaign for the finals in Cameroon.
“The players are
still frustrated after we lost to Equatorial Guinea. As we start
our training, I want them to focus their disappointments in
winning the CECAFA tournament,” said Ouma on Sunday in Nairobi.
The regional CECAFA
Women’s Championships has attracted only five teams of host
Rwanda, Kenya, champions Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda. The
championship starts on July 19-27.
Ouma has drafted a
team that has both young and experienced players whom he
believes are capable of delivering an improved performance to
secure the title.
is on us. We have progressed highest from the region and the
focus will be on Kenya to secure the title. But it will not be a
walk in the park as Tanzania will be ready to fight every minute
while host Rwanda will also present a strong challenge,” he
General Nicholas Musonye has hinted that only women referees
will be allowed to officiate in the match as they seek to
promote the sport among the women in the region.
“I may be the only
man in Kigali. We want more women coming up to take the lead and
be in charge of their own tournament. The host will help us
attain this goal,” said Musonye.
Ouma, who guided the
team to its first ever appearance at the African Women’s Cup of
Nations in 2016, says that he has a revamped squad of young,
talented players who are capable of winning the tournament.
“Last time the team
was unlucky to lose in the finals but this year we have a chance
to make things right. All the five teams taking part in the
competition are strong but we have a good team and we are
getting good support from the federation. I believe we can win
it this time if the girls can stay focused,” he said.
Kenya team will be
in camp for two weeks before the coach trims it down from 28
players to 18, who will travel to Kigali for the tournament.
Corazon Aquino will miss this year’s edition as she is booked
for trials with a top Swedish side later this month.
Starlets are among
the five teams that have confirmed participation in this year’s
Cecafa Women Senior Challenge which had earlier been scheduled
for May 12-22 before being postponed due to lack of funds.
Kenya face Uganda in
regional women soccer championship in Rwanda
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s has been pitted against Uganda’s Crested
Cranes in the opening match of the regional CECAFA Women
Championships which will be hosted in Kigali, Rwanda from July
The two sides faced
off recently in a two-legged Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON)
qualifier in April, with Kenya emerging winners with a 1-0
A total of 11
countries, including hosts Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,
Zanzibar, Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Sudan and South
Sudan make the CECAFA regional bloc. However, only five teams
have teams ready for the tournament, which starts in Kigali in
less two week’s time, though organizers remain open for late
The five teams
confirmed are Kenya, host Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia and champions
Tanzania. CECAFA failed to host the tournament last year citing
lack of funds.
spokesperson, Bonnie Mugabe, confirmed receiving funds from
CECAFA for the tournament.
General Nicholas Musonye said global football governing body
FIFA had dispatched 1 million U.S. dollars towards hosting of
tournaments in the region.
“CECAFA has received
1 million dollars from FIFA grant. This money will be used to
host all regional championships this year including CECAFA
Under-17, Senior Women and Senior Men’s competitions,” said
Rwanda had postponed
holding the event in May after CECAFA failed to provide funds
citing delays from FIFA. But all has been sorted out and the
regions 11 teams will battle it out.
Tanzania are the
tournament defending champions and will be putting their title
on the line starting their campaign against hosts Rwanda on June
champions Kenya to battle Uganda in regional Victoria Cup
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Reigning champions Kenya will have their title on the line as
they take on Uganda in this year’s Victoria Cup golf tournament
from July 25 to 28.
The hosts have
unveiled their 10-man team for the tournament, the format of
which is identical to the Ryder Cup.
The two countries
will be battling out for a trophy donated by former Boston
Marathon champion and immediate captain of Eldoret Golf Club,
This is the third
edition of the rotational Victoria Cup between Kenya and Uganda,
with the inaugural tournament having been held in Nairobi in
2016, before moving to Uganda’s Entebbe Golf Club in 2017. Kenya
emerged victorious on both occasions.
The two teams will
present their top amateurs and will be using the four-day
tournament as a dress rehearsal ahead of the inaugural Africa
Region Four that will be held in Mombasa from August 1 to 5.
“We have a capable
team that has been working around the clock to ensure that the
event is a great success. Kenya’s team is strong,” Lucas Maranga,
the Kenya Golf Union (KGU) chairman said on Friday.
“We have some of the
best players drawn from different clubs in the country. As a
Union, we are confident of retaining the Victoria Cup for the
third time in a row.”
The 10-man team
includes John Karichu, Mike Kisia, Edwin Mudanyi, Dennis Saikwa,
Isaac Makhoha, Daniel Nduva, Paul Muchangi, Agil Is-Haq, Mutahi
Kibugu and Zubair Khan. The practise round starts on July 25,
with the tournament officially teeing off on July 26.