Starlets beat Tanzania to be crowned Cecafa champions

Monday, November 25th, 2019 20:59 |
Harambee Starlets striker Cynthia Shilwato celebrates. Photo/PD/File

The Kenya national football team has arrived back in the country after a 5-0 defeat away to Mali in the Africa 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Thursday night.

However, their arrival was met with different reactions, with former FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya been on record calling out for the resignation of current FKF chairman Nick Mwendwa over the disastrous loss to Mali.

"Our main problem has been changing coaches like clothes, where on earth do you change a coach in the middle of the qualifiers? It never happened during my regime and I cannot remember when Kenya suffered such a heavy loss in my regime," Nyamweya said.

The East Africans found the going rough against the West Africans in a Group E qualifier held in Morocco

Mathematically, Stars have confirmed their end of their quest to Qatar 2022 World Cup after their embarrassingly 5-0 loss to Mali on Thursday in Agadir, Morocco.

Ibrahima Kone hit a hat-trick as Adama Traore and Moussa Doumbia added one each, subjecting Kenya to such a defeat for the first time since 2005 when Morocco humbled the then Stars side 5-1 in Rabat during a 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

Mali thus top Group E of the World Cup qualifiers with seven points, ahead of Uganda who have five following their Thursday 1-0 win in Kigali while Kenya and Rwanda have two and one respectively.

Kenya welcomes Mali in the return leg on Sunday in Nairobi as they seek to redeem themselves.

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