Kenyan midfielder in action as Slavia Prague suffer UEFA Women's Champions League loss

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FOOTBALL Kenyan midfielder in action as Slavia Prague suffer UEFA Women's Champions League loss

Festus Chuma 10:32 - 23.11.2023

The Kenyan star shone for Slavia Prague in the UEFA Women's Champions League, but they fell short against Norwegian opponents.

Kenya international Marjolen Nekesa clocked 74 minutes in a match where her team, Slavia Prague, faced a tough challenge in the UEFA Women's Champions League on Wednesday night.

Unfortunately, the Czech giants suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of their Norwegian opponents, Brann, in a match played at Brann Stadion.

Nekesa was replaced by Karolína Křivská in her team's second loss of the season in Group B of the competition, following their opening defeat to Lyon with a staggering 9-0 scoreline.

Brann, on the other hand, continued their impressive run, registering their second win as they faced St. Pölten in the last 16 of this prestigious competition.

Brann's dominance in the match was evident as they controlled possession and pressed their advantage early on, with Larissa Crummer scoring the only goal of the game in the 21st minute, expertly glancing in Amalie Eikeland's precise delivery from close range.

Although Brann did not test Slavia Prague's goalkeeper, Olivie Lukášová, extensively, their tactical control and solid gameplay secured them another crucial victory.

With this win, Brann now holds a commanding six-point lead over both Slavia Prague and St. Pölten in Group B, setting the stage for an exciting December double-header against Lyon.

While Nekesa's performance in the UEFA Women's Champions League is commendable, she is now gearing up for a different challenge on the international stage.

The Kenyan midfielder is expected to return to the country to join the Harambee Starlets in their preparations for the final round of the 2024 Women's Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) qualifiers against Botswana's national team, the Zebras, this November.

The upcoming showdown between Kenya's Starlets and Botswana's Zebras promises to be an exhilarating clash, with a spot in the prestigious Women's Africa Cup of Nations on the line.

The two-legged affair will kick off with the first leg taking place at home on Wednesday, November 29, where the Starlets will aim to secure an early advantage in front of their passionate fans.

The second leg will follow shortly, scheduled for Tuesday, December 5, 2023, as both teams battle fiercely on Botswana's turf. 

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