Vihiga Queens rope-up new signings ahead of season kick-off
Published on: January 28, 2020 01:20 (EAT)
In a bid to extend their dominance, Kenyan Women Premier League champions Vihiga Queens have strengthened their squad ahead of the new season by roping up four new players from different teams across the top tier. The Queens will launch their title defense on February 22 when the new season kicks-off and head coach Alex Alumira who spoke exclusively to Citizen Digital revealed that the recruits will replace those that were dropped at the end of last season. Those shown the door by the outfit include Sylvia Ombango, Lilian Adera, Sheillah Shabuya, and Edna Sumba. Alumira intimated to Citizen Digital that two of them were axed for not being up to the task while the other duo requested to exit for personal reasons. “Adera and Sumba requested me to release them but they didn’t explain the reason. “ However for Ombango and Shabuya I had to because they didn’t show any extra commitment in the team. “Releasing them will help them to secure another place where they can be assured a chance to play instead of benching them every time,” he said. “In the case of Sheilah, she was a keeper and she couldn’t match the competition from her colleagues Winfredah Seda, Lillian Awuor, and Diana Tembesi while striker Ombango wasn’t impressive in the striking department that also has Tereza Engesha, Topister Situma, Jentrix Shikangwa.” The striking department is very competitive and I was forced to deploy Phoebe Oketch as a defender to help her get more playing time,” added Alumira who emerged fourth in the best coach category in the 2020 Soya awards held in Mombasa last week. The recruits include starlet Sumeiya Mwanakombo who is a form one student in Mudira girls in Vihiga, Bridget Muhonja who completed her form four last year from Mudavadi girls and Christabel Odeya a Maseno University Education student alumni. Alumira also revealed the team is on the verge of signing a Uganda women national team player whose details will be revealed once the deal is done. “Yes, we are in the final stages of acquiring her services. She is a Ugandan who impressed me during the Cecafa women tournament last year in Tanzania and the Vihiga Queens management, in general, has loved her style of play. “I scouted her through my friends from Uganda and we are satisfied she will add value to our team. He is confident the County Government of Vihiga will continue supporting them in the coming season as they bid to defend their crown. Last season the Queens were crowned as the KWPL champions for the third time in a row after topping the log with 70 points.