Runners-up in the last edition in 2016, Kenya’s Harambee Starlets could only muster a fourth-place finish at this year’s Cecafa Women’s Championship as Tanzania successfully defended their title.
The Rwanda-hosted tournament came to an end Friday (28) with Starlets and the hosts playing the final match of the championship at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali.
A goal either side of the half settled the clash in favor of Kenya who earned a 2-0 victory. Mercy Achieng’ handed Starlets an 11th minute lead from spot and Terry Engesha made sure of the points with the second just before the hour mark and just moments after coming on as a substitute.
The victory saw David Ouma’s ladies edge Rwanda for fourth place, but only on goal difference as both sides finished on 4 points.
Starlets lost 1-0 to both Uganda and Ethiopia who grabbed silver and bronze respectively, and drew 1-1 with Tanzania in the five-nation round robin tournament.
Tanzania’s thumping 4-1 victory over Ethiopia saw them retain the title, albeit tied on 7 points with Uganda who had an inferior goal difference. Ethiopia took the bronze with 6 points.
The championship, which was partly funded by Fifa, saw the winners pocket $2,500, runners up $1,500 while third-placed side took home $1,000.
Meanwhile Tanzania’s Fatuma Issa was named the Most Valuable Player, Uganda’s Ruth Aturo won the golden glove while the topscorer award was shared by Donisia Daniel of Tanzania and Ethiopia’s Meselu Abera, both netting three goals each.
By Steve Ayoo (@Steifmaster 88)