Harambee Starlets, as well as the Equatorial Guinea National football team, has on Thursday June 7, 2018 jetted out to Malabo ahead of the second leg of the final Qualifying round of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.
The two faced out in Machakos on Wednesday evening with the home side scoring late strike through Esse Akida to beat the West Africans 2-1 in an Africa Women Cup of Nations Qualifier first leg tie.
Jade Boho Sayo had put the guests ahead in the 39th minute after Starlets had failed to deal with a corner kick by Genoveva Anonman.
The lead did not last long, however, with Vihiga Queens forward Teresa Engesha restoring parity only two minutes later from 35 yards out, lobbing past Equatorial Guinea keeper Lucrecia Boabaila just before the half time mark.
As the match seemed to be heading for a draw, second-half substitute Cynthia Shilwatso found a way in the left flank and brought in a low delivery that found Esse Akida unmarked. The Spedag FC forward made no mistake in sending a low drive for Kenya’s winning goal.
Starlets will hope to replicate their performance when they travel to Bata, Equatorial Guinea for the second leg match, slated for Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the Estadio Nkoantoma de Bata.
A win on aggregate will guarantee Kenya a second appearance at the Africa Women Cup of Nations set to be held in November 2018, in Ghana.
Poline Atieno (Makolanders), Maureen Shimuli (Wadadia)
Wendy Achieng (Spedag), Dorcas Sikobe (Oserian Ladies), Dorris Anyango (Spedag), Elizabeth Ambogo (Spedag), Phelistus Kadari (Vihiga Queens), Lilian Adera (Vihiga Queens), Vivian Nasaka (Vihiga Queens)
Cheris Avilia (Spedag), Sheryl Angachi (Gaspo Youth), Corazon Aquino (Vihiga Queens), Faith Kwamboka (Thika Queens), Caroline Anyango (Spedag)
Mwanahalima Adam (Thika Queens), Mercy Achieng (Thika Queens), Neddy Atieno (Makolanders), Esse Akida (Spedag), Teresa Engesha (Vihiga Queens), Cynthia Shilwatso (Vihiga Queens)