Kenya beat Tanzania to win Cecafa Senior Women’s Challenge Cup
The Kenya Starlets stopped the Kilimanjaro Queens of Tanzania to lift the 2019 Cecafa Senior Women’s Challenge Cup on Monday.
Kenya scored two second half goals through substitute Jentrix Shikangwa to win their first Women’s Cecafa trophy.
After a goalless first half where Kenya kept the Tanzanian side at bay with some clever defending, they returned more determined to score goals, and it paid off.
Substitute Jentrik Shikangwa who has replaced injured Janet Bundi in the second half gave the Tanzanian goalkeeper Najat Abass Idrisa not chance when she converted the penalty. Shikangwa got her name on the score sheet again after 88 minutes with a hard shot from outside the box.
Tanzania’s Omary Shurua Mwanahamisi and Donisia Daniel Minja were kept at bay.
David Ouma, the Kenya coach praised his team for the discipline. “The team played as a unit and won the trophy without conceding a goal,” added a happy Ouma.
In the earlier play-off match Uganda Crested Cranes beat Burundi 2-0 to win bronze. Substitutes Shamira Nalujja and Amina Nababi netted the goals.
The Zanzibar Queens also took part in the tournament where they failed to make it out of the group stage. Zanzibar Queens lost all their matches to Burundi, South Sudan and Tanzania.
Next month Uganda will host the 2019 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup from December 7-19th in the capital Kampala, while the Cecafa U-17 Women’s Challenge Cup will also take place in the Ugandan town of Njeru from December 9-18th.