Kenya women’s team face USA in Punjab today
Kenya kabaddi women’s national team face the United States in the ongoing World Cup in Punjab State, India today.
The girls garnered their second preliminary win by beating Sri Lanka 45-37 to qualify for the semis. They had earlier lost 45-15 to host India in their opening match, and hammered Mexico 45-11 in their second group tie.
They face USA, who topped Group ‘B’ unbeaten as Group ‘A’ leader India meet New Zealand in the second semi. Raiders Sophie Ayieta and Lillian Nthiga led the team’s offence while stoppers Mercy Obiero (captain) and Leah Wambui (assistant captain) garnered more points in the defence. Coach Nancy Wachuka said the semis will be a tough tie but the girls’ are mentally prepared.
“USA is an experienced team with physically big players. We have to be tactical and fast, and employ different strategies in both the offensive and defensive play in a bid to destabilise our opponents’ plan and score points,” said Wachuka. “We will approach this game with a winning attitude,” she added.
Despite winning their last two preliminary fixtures, the men’s lineup bowed out of the title contention. The Kenyan men hammered neighbours Tanzania 55-22, and Argentina 63-25 to settle for the fourth place behind group leaders Iraq, USA and Australia.