Coaches hail new FKF Women’s Cup tournament
Kenyan Women Premier League (KWPL) clubs coaches has hailed Football Kenya Federation (FKF) move to launch the – FKF women’s Cup Tournament saying it will give them an adequate time to gauge their players.
In an exclusive interview with Citizen Digital, Vihiga Queens’s tactician Alex Alumira said the move will enable the Federation to gauge the level of competition between the premier league and the division one.
Alumira who guided Queens in clinching the KWPL title last season, added that the tournament will enable them as coaches to spot great and unique talents more so in the division one side which may have to sign into their respective clubs.
“That is a fantastic idea from the Federation. We have been longing for this but thank God it has arrived in the right time. As long as the tournament includes teams which take part in the division one, it will enable coaches to spot good players.”
Alumira’s sentiments were echoed by his Ulinzi Starlets counterpart Joseph Wambua who urged players to showcase their talents to the fullest because they may land good deals with different clubs.
“This is time for the players to utilize this chance. It has never happened before so I am expecting each one of them to work hard in whichever positions they play . I am expecting a high level of competition from participating clubs knowing that the winner will pocket a million shillings upon the completion of the tournament,”
He added: “After premier league and the division one league were divided into two zones A and B, number of matches has decreased as opposed to previous seasons. So by the introduction of the tournament, players will have many matches to play and that will help them to keep fit. Our first match will be against MTG this Saturday in Malindi so we are travelling today (Wednesday) early enough so as to familiarize with coastal region, I am hoping for the best and my aim is to win the title,” he said.
Total number of 16 matches will be on card this weekend. At the Eldoret ASK Grounds on Saturday SOLASA Queens will host S.E.P Ladies, Gusii Starlets will play Wadadia at the Gusii Stadium, Nyuki Starlets will lock horns with Eldoret Falcons at the Approved School Kakamega as Mombasa Olympic will host Zetech Sparks at the Serani Grounds in Mombasa.
Sunday fixtures will witness Vihiga Leeds playing Kisumu All Starlets at the Mumboha Grounds in Vihiga, Tombe Riverplate will entertain Tran Nzoia Falcons at their backyard in Kiandege Stadium in Nyamira, Bunyore Starlets will have a tight task against Nakuru West Queens at the Mumboha Grounds while Mukuru Talent Academy will wrap up the fixture against KWPL giants Thika Queens at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds.
SOLASA Queens vs S.E.P Ladies (Eldoret ASK Grounds) 2pm
Gusii Starlets vs Wadadia (Gusii Stadium) 2pm
Nyuki Starlets vs Eldoret Falcons (Approved School Kakamega) 2pm
Bomet Starlets vs Oserian Ladies (Silibwet Grounds) 2pm
Msato Starlets vs Gaspo Women (Alaskan Grounds) 12pm
MTG vs Ulinzi Starlets (Alaskan Grounds) 2pm
Soccer Sisters vs Makolanders (Gikambura Grounds) 2pm
Mombasa Olympic vs Zetech Sparks (Serani Grounds) 2pm
Kangemi Starlets vs Kibera Soccer Ladies (Ligi Ndogo) Grounds 2pm
Vihiga Leeds vs Kisumu All Starlets (Mumboha Grounds, Vihiga) 12pm
Tombe Riverplate vs Trans Nzoia Falcons (Kiandege Stadium, Nyamira) 2pm
Bunyore Starlets vs Nakuru West Queens (Mumboha Grounds, Vihiga) 2pm
Bartolimo/Royal Starlets vs Vihiga Queens TBC*
Sunderland Samba vs Mathare United Women (Ligi Ndogo Grounds) 2pm
Limuru Starlets vs Kayole Starlet (St. Paul’s University) 2pm
Mukuru Talent Academy vs Thika Queens (Camp Toyoyo Grounds) 2pm