Kinuthia praises team mate Katungwa for Dalhem impact


Kenya National women football team captain Kinuthia Mary Wanjiku reacts against Algeria during the final ...
Kenya National women football team captain Kinuthia Mary Wanjiku reacts against Algeria during the final round of the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifier at Safaricom Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya on April 11, 2016. The match ended 1-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • Katungwa joined Kinuthia at the Swedish club barely three months ago from Kwale Starlets and has hit the ground running.
  • Katungwa left the country on August 3 for the Stockholm-based club alongside Kinuthia and has since scored two goals in seven matches.
Geoffrey Mwamburi

Chief writer, women football

Harambee Starlets midfielder Mary Kinuthia who plies her trade with IF Dalhem in the Swedish top tier has hailed international team mate a for quickly settling at the club and making an impression on the coaches.

Katungwa joined Kinuthia at the Swedish club barely three months ago from Kwale Starlets and has hit the ground running.

In a conversation with Citizen Digital,  Kinuthia who has been with the team for the last three seasons said Katungwa is a ‘talented player’ with a quick foot coupled with strong character, something that has already left an impression on the coaches.

“She’s a promising player, very talented, with all the skills and coaches keep talking positively of her,” she said, adding, “Other players keep on hailing her good work and contribution to the team. She received warm reception upon her arrival and she is now fully settled and I am sure in the next season she will be the best.”

“My combination with her on the pitch is always on flick and I am looking forward to a lot of good things from her as we continue to raise Kenyan flag high here in Europe.”

Katungwa left the country on August 3 for the Stockholm-based club alongside Kinuthia and has since scored two goals in seven matches.

At the time of joining the team, Dalhem, who finished fifth in  second division league last season were at position eight on the log but they assisted them to top of the table despite Katungwa missing one match due to a delay in acquiring her International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Katungwa is seen here on the play en route to Sweden to join the club

In seven matches Katungwa featured in, FC Dalhein won five beating FC Lindhagen 4-1, IFK Hanige 4-0, Lidingo 3-1 and P18IK 5-2. The club lost two matches against FC Djursholm (3-1) and Bele Barkeby (5-2) in second leg matches after the first leg was cancelled due to the corona virus pandemic.

By topping the log, Dalhem automatically earned their promotion to Division One something Mary says is a dream come true since she left Thika Queens in 2018.

“It’s a very good feeling from me, we made history, I have been with this team for the three seasons now and I have been longing for this dream which has finally come to pass. I thank the coaches and the management for making this possible. We want now to win the league and keep making more history.”

Kinuthia, together with Christine Nafula defied odds to win the best forward and midfielder accolades last season, having featured for the Swedish side an entire season that began in April and ended in November.

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