Dedication and training key to scoring – Starlets’ captain

Harambee Starlets deputy skipper, Mary Kinuthia, celebrates scoring in a previous match. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/...
Harambee Starlets deputy skipper, Mary Kinuthia, celebrates scoring in a previous match. PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/

Harambee Starlets assistant captain Mary Kinuthia has attributed the team’s 4-0 victory over Uganda Falcons to hard work, dedication and commitment in a match staged at the Kisumu Moi Stadium.

Starlets had camped for a week at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani before the much anticipated match against the East African neighbours.

Speaking to Citizen Digital upon arriving to Nairobi from Kisumu on Monday, Ms Kinuthia said that the victory is just a foundation of the upcoming friendly tournament at the end of the month in Valencia, Spain and Germany.

“The secret to scoring the stunning penalties is composure and consistent training. I have had long time experience with Ugandan league since I played for Cardinal Club,” she explained on her mastery after netting two penalties in the electrifying encounter.

“I expect better performance in the forthcoming international clashes as the Kenyan Football Federation (FKF) is providing us with the necessary support.”

Starlets’ head coach, David Ouma, said the match was a motivation from the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualification.

“The ladies gained more confidence after winning against the fifth ranked country in Africa, Algeria, to qualify for the AWCON. They even managed to keep a clean sheet which shows great improvement, we have been conceding at least a goal in the recent matches,” said Ouma.

Kenya’s key players, Mwanahalima Adam and Enez Mango, missed the contest since they were attending to other commitments.

The team will rest for a week before going back to the camp ahead of the Spain and Germany meets.

Kenya women national team’s goals were scored by Kinuthia (two goals), Asol Wendy and Esse Mbeyu Akida.

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