Kenya’s Vihiga Queens earned an emphatic 2-1 victory against a disappointing CBE in the CECAFA Samia Women Cup final played at the Kasarani Stadium on Thursday, September 9.
Jentrix Shikangwa’s brace guided the home team past the Ethiopians whose only goal of the game was scored by Vivian Nasaka in her own net.
The Kenyan side had to however wait till the last minute to seal the encounter they had so ably commanded from the onset courtesy of missed chances.
Vihiga’s midfield starlet, Alice Mederi was forced off the field of play to be replaced by Janet Bundi after suffering a devastating injury.
It took until the 27th minute for Jentrix Shikangwa to give Vihiga Queens the lead in the game, tapping home goalkeeper Tarikua Bargena Balcha’s spilling ball off a Violet Wanyonyi’s hard shot.
Vihiga would then adopt a man-to-man marking following their lead, the kind of development that denied CBE space for operation given their free flowing style of play.
CBE had a glorious chance to level matters with only two minutes to the conclusion of the first half but Aregash Kalsa Tadesse’s well bent free-kick missed the target by inches.
In the 53rd minute, CBE levelled matters after Vivian Nasaka directed Aregash’s free-kick in her own net thanks to miscommunication with goalkeeper Lillian Awuor.
Seven minutes later, Vihiga nearly regained the lead after Wanyonyi’s dropping ball rattled off the crossbar and the rebound was later cleared away by Tizita Meskel.
Vihiga grew in confidence and momentum with continuous attacks which forced defender Meskel to pave way and leave the field of play after a number of stretches.
Shikangwa missed three glorious chances in a space of five minutes, hitting the pole and missing two rebounds a few steps away from the goal line.
In the 93rd minute, roving Wanyonyi was fouled in the dangerous area by defender Tarikwa Yakura and the referee made no mistake but pointed to the spot.
Shikangwa stepped up and placed the ball at the back of the net with a powerful left footed shot to seal the hard fought win.
Vihiga will be the first team from the CECAFA region to partake of the inaugural TotalEnergies Women’s Champions League that is set to be held in Egypt this year.
They joined South African side Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies who sealed the first slot of the Champions League after emerging as the champions of COSAFA region.
How they lined up:
Vihinga XI: Lilian Awuor (Gk), Enez Medeizi, Joan Nabirye, Mercy Anyango, Teresa Engesha, Maurine Achieng, Pheoby Owiti, Vivian Nakasa, Jentrix Shikangwa, Alice Munderi, Violet Wanyonyi.
CBE XI: Tarikua Bargena (Gk), Hasaba Gila, Tizita Meskel, Loza Geinore, Medina Busser, Aregash Kalsa, Buwoli Hiwot, Bizuayehu Tadesse, Alemnesh Asefa, Emember Adisu, Senayt Bogale Boyzo, Tarikua Bargena