Bring on Ghana! Brave Kenya Queens see off Ethiopia


Kenya U-20 women players celebrates scoring a goal against Ethiopia during their U20 Women World ...
Kenya U-20 women players celebrates scoring a goal against Ethiopia during their U20 Women World Cup qualifier return leg match at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on September 30, 2017. Photo/Sportpicha

The Kenya women football team sailed to the next round of the 2018 under-20 World Cup qualifiers after staging a heroic performance to overpower Ethiopia 2-1 in a pulsating contest at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

The win made the Kenyan girls sail to the next hurdle on a 4-3 aggregate after the first leg in Ethiopia some two weeks ago ended in a 2-2 stalemate. The Kenyan side will now face Ghana.

In Machakos, Kenya got off the blocks faster showing intent with several raids in the first 15 minutes.

Experienced Corazone Aquino drew the first blood in the 11th minute with a neat shot, firing low but firmly after being played through by Cynthia Shilwatso to beat opposing custodian Abera Igesi.

PURE DELIGHT.A Kenyan player celebrates during the World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.IMAGE/Sportpicha.
PURE DELIGHT.A Kenyan player celebrates during the World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.IMAGE/Sportpicha.

The visitors however drew level after Kenyan custodian Lilian Awuor was adjudged to have brought down Mirkat Feleke, who made no mistake with the penalty awarded.

Gentrix Shikangwa however had the last word in the engrossing game heading in a cross from Kaari Wincate.

After the goal, Ethiopia upped their attacks with energetic play in midfield but Kenya’s defence stood tall to claim the win.

 

TEAM JOY:The Kenyan players do a jog at the Kenyatta Stadium after claiming victory over Ethiopia.Image/SportPicha.
TEAM JOY:The Kenyan players do a jig at the Kenyatta Stadium after claiming victory over Ethiopia.Image/SportPicha.

Kenya Starting ElevenLilian Awuor, Foscah Nashivanda, Wincate Kaari (Captain), Lucy Akoth, Vivian Nasaka, Corazone Aquino, Maureen Khakasa (Diana Wacera), Sheril Angachi, Martha Amunyolete (Rachel Mukami), Cynthia Shilwatso, Gentix Shikangwa

Ethiopia Starting Eleven

Igese Abera, Banchayehu Jadese, Betelem Kefyalew, Kidesi Zeleke, Emebet Adisu, Alemnesh Geremew, Melat Demeke (Senaf Wakuma), Yemisrach Lakew (Tenaye Womese), Timer Tenkir (Ision Feyera), Aregash Geremew, Mirkat Feleke.

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