Ethiopia dim Starlets

Harambee Starlets fell to Ethiopia in today’s Cecafa women championships in Kigali, Rwanda at Nyamirambo stadium.

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The Kenya team lost by 1-0 to Ethiopia and lies last in the round robin format.

Meselu Adam scored the only goal from a 30-yard free kick in the opening five minutes of the match for her second goal of the tournament.

Starlets who impressed in the last edition of this competition staged in Uganda in 2016 where the team got to the final, remained toothless, with forwards Essie Akida, Neddy Atieno and Mwanahalima Adam in particular rarely threatening the Ethiopia goal.

This was Kenya’s second loss in three matches at the tournament, following the embarrassing open day 1-0 defeat to lowly Uganda.

Kenya, who were the pre-tournament favourites, also drew 1-1 with Tanzania in their other match.

Consequently, coach David Ouma’s team remain winless in this five-nation tournament which has been funded by world governing body Fifa with aim of promoting women and youth football at the grassroots.

Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia are now favourites to win this tournament.

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