Holders Lionesses, Telkom among top teams to battle for SOYA honours
The Kenya Lionesses will be hoping to retain their title after making the top five shortlist for the Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) women’s team of the year in the 2018 edition to be hosted in Mombasa January 11.
The Kenya national women’s sevens team will come up against hockey team Telkom , Equity Hawks basketball team, Kenya Ports Authority basketball team and the national women’s volleyball team Malkia Strikers.
Nairobi Water handball team and Kenya Prisons women’s volleyball team made the preliminary top seven but could not impress for the final top five.
Lionesses defied all the odds to win the elusive African title for the first time after beating Uganda 29-7 in the final.
At the Hong Kong Sevens which was a qualifier for the World Sevens Series Core status, the Kevin Wambua coached side reached the Cup semis after losing in sudden death 12-7 to South Africa, an improvement from last year where they reached the quarters.
They had topped Pool X with victories over Papua New Guinea, South Africa and Mexico, in quarters Kenya beat Argentina then lost to South Africa in the semis.
At the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia, the team finished sixth after losing 40-5 to Fiji in the fifth-place play-off.
Telkom, the 2014 women’s team of the year, on their part reclaimed the Africa Club Cup title after spanking champions Ghana Revenue Authority 2-0 to win a record 10th continental title. They also won the national championship unbeaten.