Makolanders exit top league after 28 years

Monday, June 7th, 2021 00:00 |
Makolanders players leave the pitch in a past match. Photo/PD/GIBO ZACHARY

It was a painful Saturday for Makolanders FC after they were relegated from the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Women’s Premier League, following a bitter 3-0 defeat to Kayole Starlets at the Camp Toyoyo Grounds.

Makolanders who have been playing top tier women’s  club football in the country since 1993, found devastating Kayole too strong for them with Leslie Otieno grabbing a brace in the match with Juliet Auma adding a third.

“Since Makolanders was founded in 1993, it has always traded at all high levels. It’s our first time we’re being relegated. What a pain,” a hurting Makolanders coach Michael Okanga told People Sport.

“With our club experiencing financial challenges, it’s been so difficult putting the team together. There has been motivation.

We could not enough to attract high-profile players, and we had no sponsorship. All players just volunteered to come for training and honour matches.

That’s been so stressful. Look at other teams and tell me which team is struggling. Only Makolanders and Mathare who have faced the cut as we speak,” added Okanga.

In the other Zone A match, Gaspo Women completed a double against military side Ulinzi Starlets after beating them 1-0 at the Stima Grounds, all thanks to talented and captain Winnie Mugechi Kanyotu.

In Zone B, high-scoring Violet Nanjala for the second week running scored a hat trick to help Trans Nzoia Falcons to a comfortable 6-2 win over relegated Oserian ladies.

Falcons who are still hopeful of finishing third and qualify for the playoffs, saw Nanjala put them ahead in the 18th minute but Oserian’s Everline Nzau levelled matters minutes later but hard fighting Falcons restored their lead before the breather through Tumaini Waliaula.

After the break, Trans Nzoia maintains their ante with Waliuala extending their lead to 3-1, grabbing her brace but defensive error gifted unrelenting Oserian a penalty in the 63rd minute that was converted by Millah Ngaira to make it 3-2, setting up a scintillating final 30 minutes.

However, the Falcons were not willing to drop any point andresponded strongly with Martha Karani and Najala scoring in quick succession in the 69 and 72 minutes to take Falcons 5-2 up but Nanjala was not yet done as she completed her hat trick 10 minutes to full time to add Falcons’ sixth goal of the match.

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