Nginda goad Starlets ace Mwanahalima ahead of semi


Ngida Girls striker, Christine Kitaru juggles the ball after their training session. PHOTO/Jacob Icia
Ngida Girls striker, Christine Kitaru juggles the ball after their training session. PHOTO/Jacob Icia

Aberdare Region representatives Nginda Girls have sent a stern warning to their semi final opponents in the girl’s football St. John’s Kaloleni that they will settle for nothing less than a win as the Airtel Rising Stars/Kenya Secondary Sports Association finals reach their penultimate stage on Friday.

St. John’s, who came to the tournament in Kisumu as favourites fired by lethal Harambee Starlets striker, Mwanahalima ‘Dogo’ Adam, booked a slot in the last four after finishing second in Group B with six points while Nginda topped Pool A with seven.

Speaking to Citizen Digital before the evening training session on Thursday, Nginda head coach, Clinton Otolo, declared he had identified weaknesses in their Coast opponents they intend to capitalise on.

“There has been a lot of hype about St. John’s and everyone talking about Mwanahalima. A team is composed of 11 players therefore; we will not focus on her.

“I know they lack endurance and by the time midway in the second half they will be worn out. We reserved some players for that match in our today’s (Thursday’s) fixture,” Otolo emphasised.

“They are also concerned with our striker Christine Kitaru who scored a brace against Nyakach. We want to see who can outshine the other.

“When Starlets played Algeria in the last African Women Cup of Nations Qualifier in Kasarani, I watched the match with Kitaru where Mwanahalima played and she told me she believed she would have made bigger impact,” his assistant coach Josiah Mugochuku added in goading their rival’s feared finisher.

Mwanahalima scored for the national side during the 2-2 draw in the away leg in Algiers but missed Starlet’s trip to Spain to focus on her O-Levels.

Kitaru, who trains with Thika Queens outside school, attracted attention at the packed Kisumu Moi Stadium in the match against Nyakach for her speed, dribbling and finishing skills.

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