Kenya crushed Djibouti 7-0 at Nyayo National Stadium yesterday to qualify for the second round of the African Women Soccer Championship.
Captain Florence Adhiambo led in the goal rush with a hat-trick, Doreen Wanjala weighed in with a brace while Lucy Mureu and Caroline Wanjala each scored once as Kenya swamped the visitors, dominating the entire match.
It could have been more but for wasted chances and inspired goalkeeping by the overworked Mariam Dembile in the Djibouti goal.
Kenya now face more superior opponents in Cameroon in the second round in the months of July and August.
The encounter may not have had the same level of passion, skill, aggression and intensity of a men's match but it was wholesomely entertaining. The appreciative fair crowd at the Nyayo stands that included Sports Minister Maina Kamanda and Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo will have left with little to complain about.
Kenya stamped their authority from the first whistle and took the lead in the seventh minute when Grace Sayo beat her marker down the right wing to deliver a perfect cross to Mureu for a regulatory head in.
Adhiambo made it two up with a great individual effort, turning Zeinab Ali inside before beating Dembile on the near post with a calm finish.
The languid looking Wanjala, a handful for the Djibouti defence that was stretched all afternoon, made it three in the 36th minute when she superbly chested down a pass from deep in her half to emphatically shake the net.
Nabwire added the fourth in the 44th minute, somehow squeezing the ball in from a narrow angle after she has seemed to run out of space on the busy right wing.
There was no respite for Djibouti after the restart and they should have fallen behind a minute later but Wanjala's effort was ruled out by the referee.
Adhiambo increased the lead to five when she skilfully headed in a corner in the 52nd minute.
Adhiambo, candidate for Player of the Match, duly got her hat-trick six minutes from the end pouncing on lose ball from a corner to guide it beyond the keeper and a forest of legs.
Kenya were not finished yet. Nabwire grabbed her second with a toe-punt from outside the area that caught the keeper completely by surprise.