Uganda/Kenya: Starlets Rout Uganda Falcons in International Friendly

National women's football team Harambee Starlets thrashed Uganda Falcons 4-0 in an international friendly played at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Sunday.

Skipper Mary Kinuthia, who netted a brace, opened Kenya's account in the 17th minute from the spot before Asol Wendy curled a superb free kick just a few minutes to halftime.

Kinuthia added her second in the 53rd minute, while Esse Mbeyu Akida completed the rout in the 81st minute.

Coach David Ouma fielded most of the players, who featured in the squad that made history in April when they edged out North African giants Algeria at Safaricom Kasarani Stadium to book their maiden ticket to the Africa Women's Cup on Nation.

Elizabeth Ambogo was given a starting berth in the absence of diminutive striker Mwanahalima Adam, who is in school.

The hosts started the match on a high, with Nedy Atieno and Akida coming close in the third and seventh minute, respectively.

Atieno was brought down in the 17th minutes and Kinuthia rose to the occasion to score from the spot, sending Falcons' custodian Fatumah Matovu the wrong side.Falcon's Hasifah Nassuna lobbed a free kick but missed the target in the 26th minute of the one-sided match as Majidah Nantanda coached side piled up pressure in search of an equaliser.

REDUCED TO TEN PLAYERS

Uganda were reduced to ten players in the added minutes of the first half when goal keeper Matovu was red carded for handling the ball outside her area.

That meant Nakirya Joan was the sacrificial lamb for second goalkeeper Ruth Aturo. Achieng then curled a superb free kick to make it 2-0 before the break.

On resumption David Ouma rested Cheris for fresh legs of Christine Wafula as Kenya continued with the goal hunt.

The Kenyans' resilience resulted to another penalty in the 53rd minute when Akida was felled by Aturo. Kinuthia then added her second of the match and third for Starlets.

Mango Mudeizi, Caroline Kiget and Anita Adongo then came in for Atieno, Ambogo and Anyango respectively after the hour mark.

Akida then put the icing on the cake with nine minutes to go when she raced past two Ugandan defenders to score in the encounter watched by Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa.

"My aim was to see what each player is capable and I'm impressed the new faces proved their worth. We are going to continue with country wide recruitment to come up with a formidable squad," Ouma said in post-match interview.

Falcons' coach Nantanda said despite defeat she was impressed by performance of her players.

"Most of my players are student and this match was important especially in building confidence for future assignments," she said on Sunday.

Source: The Nation