The Star (Nairobi)

4 December 2012

Kenya Teams Post Mixed Results in African Show

Kenyan clubs in the ongoing Africa Club championship posted mixed results in the event in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Sunday. Strathmore girls side known as Scorpions lost to 2-1 to Ghanaian side Custom Ladies in their opening match.

Strathmore were outplayed by the Ghanaians who took a quick two-goal lead with skipper Laura Gichau scoring the consolation goal for the Kenyan side five minutes from the end

Gichau said lack of experience was their major undoing in the match. "It's our first major tournament and we are up against good sides. I believe if we play more tournaments of this calibre we can be competitive," she added.

Gichau was optimistic that the team can snatch at least a win in the tournament. "We are hungry for victory and want to prove that we are not just making up the numbers," added Gichau.

Strathmore drew their opening match 1-1 with Kenyan champions Orange. Telkom went on to draw their second match against Heartland of Nigeria 1-1.

Telkom coach Jos Openda said the side must be more clinical in front of the goal if they harbour any chance of qualifying for the semis. "We dominated the game but we are not converting our chances. We must be sharper in front of goal if we are to progress to the semis," added Openda

He said the experience in the side will give them good chance of qualification to the semis. "We have a very experienced team and I am confident we will qualify for the semis," he noted.

Strathmore must win their final match against Reformers Ladies of Ghana tomorrow if they harbour any hopes of qualification to the semifinals. Telkom have a date with Custom ladies of Ghana funds.

All the Kenyan men's teams that qualified for the championship did not travel to Zimbabwe. Kenya Police, who booked their ticket last year, having clinched the domestic league and Strathmore University who finished second all failed to travel to the games due to lack of money.

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