Starlets held by Tanzania in CECAFA Championship


Starlets held by Tanzania in CECAFA Championship
Harambee Stars players celebrate scoring against Tanzania during their 2018 CECAFA Women Championships in Rwanda on July 21, 2018. The match ended 1-1. Photo/Saddam /Sportpicha.

Kenya got its first point at the Cecafa Women Championship against the defending champions Tanzania in a 1-1 draw on Saturday at the Nyamirambo Stadium in Kigali. , Rwanda

Starlets had to come from one goal down to salvage a point in the tough match.

Kilimanjaro Queens took the lead on the 13th minute courtesy of a poor clearance by the Kenyan defence, gifting Donisia Daniel the ball at the edge of box. She made no mistake and punished the Starlets, firing the ball past Poline Atieno in goal.

However, Tanzania’s lead lasted only seven minutes as Kenya pegged a goal back to level the tie. Mwanahalima Adam curved in the ball directly from a corner kick, through the hands of Tanzania goalkeeper Fatuma Omary to restore parity.

The David Ouma coached Starlets will now shift focus to their next game against Ethiopia on Wednesday, who lost to the Crested Cranes of Uganda 2-1 in the early kick off.

The Kenyan side were on the front foot from kick off, getting a sight of goal on the second minute through Cynthia Shilwatso who could only rattle the crossbar and Esse Akida unsuccessfully pouncing on the rebound.

Tanzania settled and imposed themselves into the game creating chances with a couple of rapid attacks that kept the Starlets backline busy. Poline Atieno produced two outstanding saves in the closing minutes of the half to keep the scores level going into the break.

On resumption, both teams seemed evenly matched with chances coming on both ends. Even so, the defending champions produced the most notable chance at the hour mark. Again it was goalie Atieno who had to stand firm denying Asha Rashid with a double handed save to clear her lines.

Collated Results

Ethiopia 1- 2 Uganda

Kenya 1 – 1 Tanzania

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