Star­lets re­main fo­cused

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Kenya’s first goal in the his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion,” en­thused Ouma. In their open­ing fix­ture on Sun­day night against the Black Queens from Ghana, Akida put Kenya ahead in the 23rd minute be­fore Samira Suleiman re­stored par­ity in the 50th minute. Gha­nian El­iz­a­beth Addo scored a de­bat­able and con­tro­ver­sial penalty in the 71 st minute be­fore Por­tia Boakye wrapped up the win for the West Africans in the 91st minute.

Ghana could have gone ahead af­ter barely two min­utes of play when Boakye es­caped the Kenyan de­fence but ref­eree Jeanne Ek­oumou made an off­side call.

Kenyan cap­tain Mary Kin­uthia threat­ened to put Kenya ahead a few min­utes later but she shot wide.

With Kenyan side set­tling into the match, de­fender Wendy Achieng set up Akida, who eas­ily volleyed from a close range to put the side into the lead in the 23rd minute. Addo then tried to pull one back with a curl­ing free-kick in the dy­ing min­utes of the first half, but it fell into the wait­ing hands of Kenya goalie Sa­man­tha Akinyi as Kenya lead 1-0 go­ing in the break.

On re­sump­tion, Suleiman re­stored par­ity with a su­perb header in the 51th minute af­ter a free-kick from Boakye fol­low­ing an in­fringe­ment from Ann Alu­och.

Alu­och then han­dled the ball in what seemed to be out­side the box but the ref pointed to the spot amid huge protests from Star­lets with Addo step­ping up to put the Black Queens ahead 2-1 in the 71st minute. Boakye then wrap up the win for the Gha­ni­ans in the 91st minute with a bril­liant free-kick to beat Akinyi in goal.

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