Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Women Premier League defending champions Vihiga Queens’ ace, Cythia Shilwasto and former Tanzania’s Kigoma Sisters’ forward Lilian Awour departed Kenya on February 1 for a two-week trial with Swedish top league side (Damallsvenskan) Hammarby.
The duo was set to travel early January but due to Visa delays, their departure was postponed.
“This is a great opportunity and I feel proud because if I make it at Sweden, it will be a chance for other women players in the country. I have trained well and believe the experience will be helpful. I will do my best to make sure I get a chance in the team by the end of the trials. This won’t be easy since there will be other players who may be called for the same trials but I will be myself,” Shilwasto said.
The duo have been sharpening their skills with Vihiga Queens at Kidundu Stadium ahead of the move.
“This is a lifetime opportunity that I thank God for. I also thank my teammates at Ibinzo, Vihiga and the national U-20 national team for the support.”
“We have lots of talents in the country and there’s need for women football to get support just like the men. If we get the support, there will be many opportunities up there,” Shilwasto added.
The 18-year-old featured for Vihiga Queens six times this season owing to the busy schedule in school as well as national team duties. At Vihiga she managed six goals while netting four for the national side.
Shilwasto joined Vihiga Queens when she was 13 years old after a short stint at the Chavakali Talent Academy where she trained with the boys.
Hammarby finished in seventh place last season with 27 points. In the entire 2017 season, Hammarby won six matches, drew nine and lost seven scoring 31 goals and conceding 36.