Vihiga Queens claim fifth Women's Premier League title in style


WPL Vihiga Queens claim fifth Women's Premier League title in style

Festus Chuma 19:51 - 27.05.2023

The Vihiga-based outfit saw off title rivals Gaspo Women 2-1 in a dead rubber match played at Police Sacco Stadium.

Five was the magic number on Saturday when captain Marceline Wayodi lifted the giant Football Kenya Federation Women's Premier League (FKFWPL) trophy to crown Vihiga Queens as the champions at Police Sacco Stadium in South C, Nairobi.

Vihiga's sparkling run this term has seen them win 18 matches, draw one, and lose three to amass 55 points, which was enough to cart the gong, locking out chasing pack Gaspo Women and Ulinzi Starlets who had otherwise shown much appetite for the title but could not match up with their cruising speed.

Boniface Nyamunyamu's charges effectively claimed the title last weekend when they beat Nakuru City Queens 2-1 at Nakuru Showground after Gaspo Women were held to a 2-2 draw by Wadadia.

Before the carnival atmosphere erupted into ecstatic celebrations within the Police Sacco Stadium, there was the secondary matter of a match against second-placed Gaspo Women FC.

Gaspo gave Vihiga Queens the traditional guard of honor before the game began, and the fans on either side of the stadium went into song and dance for the greatness their team has shown throughout the season.

Vihiga were looking to attack through the wings, and Anita Nammata had a chance to set up an unmarked Maurine Achieng in the 21st minute, but the ball was blocked.

Gaspo finally broke the deadlock when Ugandan international Aldrine Birungi fired home when she headed in Mutukiza Wambia's cross.

Vihiga then pressed Gaspo, and they came close to scoring when Bertha Omita's strike hit the upright.

However, Janet Bundi did level matters in the 41st minute following a mistake by the Gaspo's defense.

The former Eldoret Falcons striker sent a diving header past Gaspo's goalkeeper Valentine Khwaka to make it 1-1 for Vihiga.

Gaspo were the better side after the restart, with Diana Tembesi forced to make two decent saves within the opening 10 minutes of the second half as the hosts pushed to get back their lead.

The Mountain Girls coach Ghost Mulee introduced defender Lavine Achola at the hour mark as the hosts looked to contain the visitors.

Vihiga immediately launched an attack, and it was Janet Bundi again, and this time she sent a long-range shot into the back of the net.

Gaspo tried to push for the equalizing goal, but they were frustrated by the visitors' solid defense marshaled by Robai Kebedi.

Ultimately, Vihiga emerged as 2-1 winners in the afternoon as they signed off the campaign with a well-deserved lead.

Collated results:

Bunyore 1 - 0 Nakuru City Queens.

Kisumu All Starlets 6 - 0 Trans Nzoia Falcons.

Thika Queens 1 - 0 Zetech Sparks.

Wadadia 2 - 0 Kangemi Ladies (walkover)

Gaspo Women FC 1 - 2 Vihiga Queens.

Ulinzi Starlets v Kayole Starlets (Not played)