The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Moyas Retain Women's Jamhuri Day Peace Tournament Trophy

DEFENDING champions Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MOYAS) retained the national Jamhuri Day women's Peace tournament title after beating St. John's Girls School, Kaloleni 7-2 in the final match played at Tudor Day ground.

Elizabeth Mwikali opened the scoring barely 10 minutes into the match while Sylvia Wasilwa added the second goal in the 19th minute.

Esse Akida made it 3-0 for Moyas in the 26th minute before Mwikali returned to complete a double four minutes later. The second half belonged to Cheris Avillian, who scored a hat-trick in the 62nd, 82nd and 88th minutes respectively.

St. Johns High reduced the deficit through teenage prodigy and play-maker Mwanahalima Adam who scored in the 50th and 74th minute, taking her total goal tally to 15 in the tournament.

On their way to the final, Moyas whacked Vipingo United 7-0 while St. Johns spanked Thika Queens 4-3 in their respective semi-finals matches played at the same venue on Tuesday.

Vipingo United, however, won the third /fourth position play-off match after eliminating Thika Queens 4-3 in a penalty shoot out after a barren draw in regulation game.

St. John's coach Joseph Oyoo commended his girls for keeping their energy in the final match. "It is a good effort given the fact that my girls had played five consecutive matches before coming to the finals. They were fatigued but I am happy they still scored twice against Moyas," said Oyoo.

The event was graced by the Commissioner for Sports Gordon Oluoch, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) South Coast branch secretary, Evans Mwachia and FKF Mombasa sub-branch chairman Hussein Titoamong among others.

The winners were later feted in a much hyped Gala Night sponsored by Kisauni MP Hassan Joho at Kenya Ports Authority Mbaraki Sports Club.

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