NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan striker Esse Mbeyu Akida announced here Friday that she
landed a lucrative contract with Ramat Hasharon FC in Israel.
Following her peers
Mary Kinuthia, Terry Engesha and Chris Nafula, who recently
moved over to Sweden to pursue professional football, Akida
became the fourth Kenyan female footballer to sign a foreign
Akida, who played
for local side Thika Queens, has been a revelation in the
Kenya’s women national team, Harambee Starlets squad and is one
of the players who featured prominently as the team made its
debut appearance at the African Woman Cup of Nations finals in
Ghana in 2016.
“I am very delighted
to join the Israeli side. It’s a dream come true for me and I
can’t wait to get started,” said Akida.
“I know it won’t be
easy and I am ready for the challenge, but I believe that I will
make a good name for myself if I work hard.”
Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa wished the striker well
in her new assignment and expressed the hope that more players
would follow her path.
Ramat Hasharon FC,
which was founded 61 years ago, finished ninth in last year’s
Israeli Women League and plays their home matches at the
4,300-seat capacity Grundman Stadium in Ramat.