Despite creating a league that goes back to 1985 the Kenya Women football team is still struggling to make a mark in the international scene.
After the merger with the Football Kenya Federation as a result of pressure from FIFA the Harambee Starlets was formed and ever since it has been a shadow of the men’s National team the Harambee Stars.
The women’s team has suffered in the male dominated federation that has faced wrangles over the management of the game leading to the country being suspended from football activities by the World Governing body .
In 2010 with no proper league running due lack of finances to run the women’s League, UNICEF in partnership with the Kenyan Government stepped in and sponsored the league and thereby giving the girls the chance to show case their talent.
Their withdrawal last year of the sponsorship by these two institutions has left the girls with no hope since they are unable to meet the finances required to participate in the league.
Kenya will face Rwanda in the first round of the 2014 Africa women championship against Rwanda.
Rwanda will host Kenya in the first leg in the weekend of February 13-15 next year before the second leg a fortnight later with the winner of the tie meet the winners between Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Stake holders in the field of women soccer have doubted if the team will perform well especially with last year’s poor management of the women’s league which propmted the withdrawal of key sponsor UNICEF and the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Sports.
Ghetto Radio spoke to one of the girls who featured for the under 20 team who said she does not expect the girls to perform since most of the teams have not been active.
AUTHOR: PAUL POLOSSA