Rampant Wiyeta get Basile revenge at FEASSA

Wiyeta Girls hurdle for a team prayer session before their match against Burundi's Basile on ...
Wiyeta Girls hurdle for a team prayer session before their match against Burundi's Basile on Wednesday. (PHOTO/Philip Muchiri)

Christine Awuor struck four times as Wiyeta Girls ran riot in Gulu, hitting Burundi’s Basile 6-0 to advance to the semi-finals of the Federation of East Africa Secondary School Association (FEASSA) Games.

It was revenge served cold as the Kenyan champions, who lost to the same side in the 2015 finals, returned the favour in humiliating fashion at the city located in Northern Uganda.

Basile, who relinquished the title last year, were down 2-0 inside the opening 20 minutes as their opponents enjoyed a dream start with Kenyan international Martha Amunyolei and Awuor blasting their side to an early lead.

The Kenyans took the game beyond reach just moments later when they struck two quick fire goals in the 24th and 26th minutes. The scoreline stood read 4-0 at the break with Awuor bagging a first half hattrick.

“I never expected it would be this easy. This game to be easy this is the same side that defeated us in the 2015 finals in Rwanda so this really was about revenge. I told my girls to go for quick goals so we could relax in the second half,” Wiyeta Coach Edgar Ahonya told Citizen Digital.

After the restart, Kenyan international Monica Otot picked up from where they had left when she netted in the 51st minute before Awuor sealed the rout four minutes later.

The team will however continue the title hunt with a depleted squad following injuries that have left five players unavailable for selection.

“I lost my number 2 keeper during match day one and four other players are out injured. Today you could see my first keeper was injured and had to play because we did not carry our third custodian,” Ahonya bemoaned.

The national champions will now play Alliance in the semis on Thursday and will be wary of the Tanzanians who eliminated Kenya’s other representatives, Ibinzo, 4-3 on post-match penalties after 0-0 draw in regulation time.

-Philip Muchiri is reporting from Gulu, Uganda.


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