Bring on Ghana! Brave Kenya Queens see off Ethiopia
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.
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.
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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