Division One side Solasa Queens came from a goal down to stun The University of Eldoret (UOE) to win the 2020 edition of Solasa annual football tournament in a final played Sunday 8th November at the Eldoret ASK Showground.
UOE’s Joan Nafula broke the deadlock in the 24th minute, giving her side the lead in the first half in a match that hosts Solasa won by 3-1 .
Nafula’s goal was neutralized by Terry Egesa in the 30th minute when she successfully converted a penalty when Violet Wanyonyi handled the ball into danger box as both teams went into the break 1-1.
After resumption, Solasa pressurized UOE in their own half as Shirleen Opisa scored the second to give Solasa the lead in the 64th minute after challenging three defenders, shooting past UOE custodian Dorcas Simiyu before Susan Malda scored the winner in the 82nd minute minute.
The win was a boost for Solasa as part of their preparations for the 2020/2021 Division One Fixture.
Head coach Godfrey Ochieng said the girls played well and he expects good results when the league will resume.
“We played our game and the results are so pleasing. This is a motivation for the league fixture,” said Ochieng.
The losing coach Joseph Pilishi said the mood with the girls was not good since morning and that posed a challenge for the title chase.
“Early this morning I read the mood of the girls and immediately they entered the pitch, it was all over that they were not ready for the final but all in all, they did their part, and collecting what was meant for them,” said Pilishi.
Tournament director Elizabeth Nyambua said corporate should come to the ground to sponsor talents at the grass root.
“We have many talents especially with girls at the local and grassroots. Sponsors especially cooperates and scouts should come and select the best girls to play at the top football,” said Nyambura.
Kenya Women Premier league side Eldoret Falcons edged out Cherunya Divas in the third play-offs 3-0.
Mary Onyenje (5), Janet Muli (11) and Lilian Minayo (15) scored for Falcons.
Queens who eliminated on Saturday favourites Falcons 2-0 while UOE who mercilessly thrashed Cherunya Divas 9-0 at the semifinals.
Opisa scored a brace for Queens to sail through after leading pool A as Falcons finished second in pool B.
Solasa had dominated pool A when they started with a 5-0 win over Divas, 6-0 against G Save on Friday and a 7-0 thrashing of Santos and 7-1 humiliation against Eldoret Rangers to qualify into the semifinals.
Wanyonyi started the goal rush for UOE in the second semifinal encounter against Divas. Wanyonyi netted four goals as Monica Masega and Tumaini Waliaula scoring a brace before Ann Treda scoring to set Solasa battle
At the pool stages, UOE maintained unbeaten run, finishing on top of pool B. on Friday, they registered a one-all draw over Falcons, thrashed Great Link 6-0, beat Espodec 5-0 an Barca 6-0.
Solasa Queens 3-1 UOE
Eldoret Falcons 3-0 Cherunya Divas
Solasa 2-0 Eldoret Falcons
Cherunya Divas 0-9 UOE
Solasa Queens5-0 Cherunya Divas Eldoret Rangers 0-5ants Solasa Queens 6—0G Save Eldoret Rangers 0-1 G Save Solasa Queens 7-0 Santos Cherunya Divas 1-0 G Save
Eldoret Falcons 3-0 Espodec Great Link 2-1 Barca UOE 1-1 Eldoret Falcons Barca 0-1 Espodec Great Links 0-6 UOE Eldoret Falcons 7-0 Barca Espodec 0-5 UOE Eldoret Falcons 2-0 Great Link Barca 0-6 UOE