Kenyan youngster, Shilwasto set for Sweden trial

Rebecca Magoma

Kenya’s U-20 and Football Kenya Federation Women Premier League champions Vihiga Queens striker, Cythia Shilwatso is headed for trial with Swedish top league (Damallsvenskan) side Hammarby FC.

After leading her side to their maiden title a couple of days ago, with a 2-1 victory over two-time champions Thika Queens at Camp Toyoyo Grounds, Shilwasto who has been a key player for the Vihiga-based side will head to Sweden in January for a three-month trial according to the invitation letter seen by Ladiesmarch.com.

The well-built youngster who completed her secondary school education a couple of weeks ago will become the first Kenyan and East African to play in the Damallsvenskan league if signed.

Malawian International Tabitha Chawinga emerged the 2017 top scorer in the Swedish League with 25 goals as a player of Kvarnsveden. Chawinga’s younger sister Temwa also features for the now relegated Kvarnsveden.

Shilwatso has scored four goals this season for Vihiga Queens and three goals for the junior national team – although she played few matches owing to a tight school schedule.

Shilwatso started her football career at Kidundu Sisters before the club changed its name to Vihiga Queens in 2015.

Commenting about the development, Shilwatso’s coach, Alex Alumira said this is a good move for her adding that the move will be great for Kenyan football.

“She’s disciplined, industrious and always willing to learn. She has a big heart and that can be seen when she takes on defenders at will. Her ambidexterity is her greatest weapon and we wish her well.

“We definitely will but we have players who will fit in her place. It’s our prayer that she doesn’t come back because she opens an avenue for not just Vihiga players but Kenyan women players too. People can have confidence in our work as Kenyans,” he said.

Photo: FKF

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