Defending champions Moyas are favourites to retain the national Jamhuri Women’s Peace football Cup after they crushed Vipingo United 7-0 during a one-sided semi-final clash at Tudor Day Secondary School on Tuesday.
Milgere Cheche scored a double in the 25th and 65th minutes with former Kilifi’s Moving the Goal post striker, Mbeyu Akida, also scoring a double in the 34th and 39th minutes.
Other scorers were Peris Miriam in the 57th minute, Elizabeth Mwikali in the 60th minute and Mercy Achieng in the 80th minute.
After the match, Moyas coach Kisco Kariuki said he fielded fresh team for the semi-final match against Vipingo and that he was happy the players delivered. “We have riches of talent from which to choose our roster,” said Kisco.
Earlier, regular scorers Mwanahalima Adams and Rehema Charles scored a double each as St John’s High School from Kaloleni knocked out Thika Queens after beating them 4-3 during the first semi-final match at the same venue.
Mwanahalima sent St John’s into an early celebrations when she scored a double in a two-minute spell in the fourth and sixth minute prior to her colleague Rehema Charo extended lead in the 22nd and 32nd minutes for the team to lead 4-0 at half-time.
Thika Queens fought back strongly in the second half and managed to score three goals, two scored by Dorcas Shikombe in the 50th and 79th minutes and another by Beautrice Adhiambo in the 84th minute.
After the match a delighted St John’s Coach Joseph Oyoo said her girls played as per his instructions.
“I’m conversant with Thika United’s system of play having met them before and I managed to counter their system,” said Oyoo.
Meanwhile, Moyas’ coach Kisco Kariuki and his St John’s counterpart, Joseph Oyoo have both exuded confidence of winning the crown.
“We are prepared to retain our title and nothing will stop us from achieving our goal. We hope to wrap the match in the normal regulation time . No extra time. We promise the people of Mombasa of good football,” said Kisco.
Oyoo was equally in upbeat mood. “Moyas is a good team with many experienced players but we don’t fear them. We shall fight to the last whistle. In football, there is no big or small team. The confidence we have built among our players will motivate us to victory,” said responded Oyoo.
The annual event is organized jointly by the FKF Coast South branch and Mombasa sub-branch whose winner is to be awarded with Sh50,000, a trophy, a set of jersey and two footballs, second placed to get Sh30,000, a trophy, a set of jersey and two footballs. Third-placed will pocket Sh20,00, a trophy, a set of jersey and two footballs.