Vihiga Queens coach bemoans ‘strange’ individual training

Vihiga Queens coach bemoans 'strange' individual training
FILE: Vihiga Queens FC players line-up against Makolanders FC during their Kenyan Women Premier League (KWPL) League match at Camp Toyoyo stadium Jericho in Nairobi on March 03, 2018. Vihiga United FC won 5-2. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha.

Vihiga Queens head coach Alex Alumira says the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the momentum his team had built for their bid to defend the Kenya Women Premier League title.

Vihiga have won the WPL title for three straight years and the holders had just completed twelve weeks of intense training before all sport was halted in the country and around the globe in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Alumira says his players are conducting individual training at home while adhering to set guidelines which he drew up but admitted he finds that set-up ‘strange’.

“It’s a bit strange training in isolation because it is never ideal for a team sport. I monitor them through calls but it’s it just doesn’t feel the same,” Alumira told Citizen Digital.

The tactician stressed that they are still as hungry for the title as when they clinched it three years ago and are eager to start another cycle of winning the league.

Vihiga had recruited Ugandan international Joan Nabirye, striker Bridgets Muhonja from Mudavadi Girls High School and midfielder Mwanakombo Sumeiya from Madira Girls High School ahead of their title defense bid.

Nabirye was signed to replace Harambee Stars ace Cynthia Shilwatso who joined Spanish Premier League side FC Logrono.

Alumira has urged the County Government of Vihiga – the team’s sponsor – to speed up the plans of building a stadium so that the team can be playing their home matches and not in Kakamega.

The experienced tactician he is able to monitor his players easily as all of them are based in Vihiga and thus unaffected by the ban on movement in and out of areas worst hit by the coronavirus.

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