Coach Adhiambo lauds U-20 girls for patriotic spirit

Coach Adhiambo lauds U-20 girls for patriotic spirit

Coach Adhiambo lauds U-20 girls for patriotic spirit

The Kenyan U-20 coach Florence Adhiambo has condemned poor performance of match officials that gifted their opponents Lesotho two unnecessary goals in their U-20 world Cup return leg match played in Maseru on Sunday 11th December.

Despite the unfair officiating, Adhiambo says her girls stood tall and fought to the last minute netting the second equalizer in the 92nd  minute to qualify for the next round of the world Cup qualifier. The Kenyan team will now face Zambia in February after forcing a 2-2 draw in Lesotho to sail through on a 4-2 goal aggregate.

“The officiating was very biased, they were gifted a very clear offside goal in the 15th minute but I must commend the determination of our girls for staying focused to twice come from behind and draw level.” Said Adhiambo.

Minutes after the first half break, the Starlets equalized through Neddy Atieno but the referee again canceled their lead by awarding the hosts Lesotho a dubious penalty that was converted to make it 2-1.The unfair awarding of the penalty invited tears of depression from the Kenyan girls who needed extra motivation from the bench and captain before composing themselves to take back to the pitch.

“I have never seen such determination all my life, the girls were crying bitterly at the unfair treatment from the referee but they never gave up, this even motivated them to fight harder as they camped in the opponents’ goal.A few seconds to the end of the match we equalized through lovely build up from the midfield. The tears turned from those of anguish and bitterness to tears of joy. It was a spectacular scene.” She added.

The second goal was scored by Maureen Achieng who has since then earned herself the name Mkombozi to mean savior. According to the coach, this match meant the world to women soccer in Kenya as the girls were determined to prove a point “They too can do it, they only need support and encouragement. They had vowed they will not lose the match no matter what, this is a starting point.” Added Adhiambo.

The team returned home on Tuesday night and will take a break before resuming early next year for preparation ahead of the next round.

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