By Julia Wanjeri
Three weeks into the Kenya Women’s Premier League (KeWPL) and it’s goals galore. So far, 31 different players have scored around the country, with league debutantes Vihiga Queens leading the pack on matters battering teams to smithereens.
Six fixtures were set to be played in the weekend of May 28-29 as the KeWPL entered its third week. However, due to a few teething problems, including the lack of a league sponsor plus most of the teams still missing an official sponsor, three fixtures were once again postponed.
The three that were played didn’t disappoint, though, with the final fixture of the weekend ending with debutantes Vihiga Queens walloping Wadadia Mumias on Sunday 29 May at the Mumias Complex.
Wadadia Mumias came into the match as favourites. They were not only coming from a 4-0 thrashing of Eldoret Falcons in their opening match on Sunday 22 May, but were also the more experienced side, having finished fifth in the league last season.
Vihiga Queens on the other hand were the newbies who had surprisingly marked their entrance into the top-flight league with a resounding 6-0 thrashing of the more veteran side Vihiga Leeds (formerly known as Kisumu Leeds) on Sunday 22 May.
Producing a replica of their start against Vihiga Leeds, hosts Vihiga Queens were off on a fiery note and in the 22nd minute, Phoebe Owino gave them the lead. Harambee Starlets’ Enez Mango found the net in the 35th minute to make it 2-0 for the hosts before half-time.
The script remained the same in the second half. The league newbies would as well be the ones who were two goals down, as they came back hungry. They attacked in droves and Owino was first to complete her brace in the 53rd minute before Mango followed suit in the 86th minute.
Four goals up with four minutes to go, Vihiga Queens still wanted more. Just as the final whistle was about to go off, Choka Linda scored one more for the road to give Vihiga Queens an incredible 5-0 win in their second match of the season.
Vihiga Queens is firing on all cylinders despite missing two of their key players: Mercy Oginga due to the flu and lethal striker Selphine Muyonga out injured. Coach Alex Alumira is positive that Muyonga will be back by Vihiga Queen’s next fixture and hopes Oginga will be fit too so that he can have his full squad ready to continue with the perfect start, if not the flogging spree.
KeWPL Week 3 Results Roundup:
Makolanders 3-4 Gaspo Youth, Florence Awino 13’, Jackline Musula 49’, Atieno Neddy 56, Vivian Ebere 60’, Naomi Njeri 86’, Winnie Mugechi 88’, Lasy Amy 90’.
Thika Queens 3-2 Spedag, Sharon Bushenei 14’, Christine Omondi 22’, Esse Akida 35’, Mary Kinuthia 45’ 54’.
Vihiga Queens 5-0 Wadadia Mumias, Phoebe Owino 22’ 53’, Enez Mango 35’ 86’, Choka Linda 90’.