The Various Formations taking part in this year’s Kenya Defence Forces Women Football Tournament Parades in front of the main Dias during the official opening of the Tournament at 10 Engineers Battalion in Nanyuki, Laikipia County.
Kenya Defence Forces Women Football Tournament (KDF- WFT) 2019 edition has kicked off at Nanyuki’s 10 Engineers battalion on 29 October 2019. The 17days tournament was officially opened by the Deputy Commander Armoured Brigade Colonel Joel Arimi, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF).
Colonel Arimi in his speech reiterated that the importance of the tournament and sports at large in the Military fraternity. “Sports assists us renew acquaintances, provides a more relaxed environment in which we can enjoy sports, interact socially, but nevertheless compete. This also provides an opportunity for the players to secure a place in the Ulinzi Starlets’ team that will represent KDF in the National League.”
Colonel Arimi also expressed pride in the increase of teams’ participating, with this year’s tournament hosting 11 teams from last years 10.
The opening match of the tournament saw the hosts 10 Engineers thrash newcomers Eagles of Embakasi 13 goals with no consolation in their debut. The stars of this showdown included Julia Jepkoech who scored five goals, Catherine Moraa who scored 4 goals and Christine Wekesa who scored two goals.
The Second and last match of the day was between Kahawa Garrison and Kenya Navy’s Mtongwe Base, the latter oozing with confidence from being the most experienced of the two, and the defending champions of the tournament. Kahawa Queens came out guns blazing with Lucy Kayia giving them an early goal in the 11th minute. As expected Lucy Mukhwana came through, scoring a hat trick in the 20th, 49th and 50th minutes, maintaining her steady streak of goals. The senior private is a star on the rise, being a player in the National team Harambee starlets first eleven.
During the games, high standards of discipline and sportsmanship were encouraged as well as fair play which is highly advocated in accordance to the FIFA rules and regulations.
By the end of the first day the Eagles had fallen at the hands of their opponents the Engineers, and the Queens had sailed past their opponents the Mtongwe Navy team. Day two matches include Laikipia Air Base (LAB) Vs Armoured Brigade, Moi Airbase (MAB) Vs 6 Brigade and 4 Brigade Vs 8 Brigade.
Deputy Commander Armoured Brigade Colonel Joel Arimi shares alight moment with Engineers Women football team after he officially opened this year’s KDF Women Football Tournament ongoing at 10 Engineers in Nanyuki, Laikipia County.
Eagles of Embakasi’s team captain Sergeant Nancy Githui, Senior private Ogolla Kerina and Senior private Dorcus Kaimuri battles it out against Senior Sapper Christine Wekesa of Engineers team during their first group A match. Eagles of Embakasi conceded 13 goals to nil.
Corporal Eunice Macharia of Kahawa team defends the ball against Elda Obiero, Senior Private Ruth Muendi(10) and Senior private Christine Gakuo (19) of Kenya Navy Mtongwe team.