- The Kenya international Harambee Starlets Esse Akida has revealed her dreams to enter the history books as the first Kenyan lady to play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League with Besiktas next season.
Akida, 27-year-old, has had her first record becoming first Kenya’s Women to score in Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in a 3-1 loss to Ghana on their maiden outing in Cameroon in 2016.
She signed for Turkish giants Besiktas from Israel’s FC Ramat Ha Sharon in February hitting the headlines. She must retain the crown to see her stand a chance to become the first Kenya woman to play in the European club event.
“That is a dream I want to achieve but before then, I just want to take a day at a time,” Akida stated. “So far I have started both games and it is my ambition to keep growing once we get back,” she added.
All Major leagues have been brought to a halt, including in Turkey, as part of efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, which has affected over 98,500 people and claimed over 2,300 lives in the country (Turkey).
The Harambee Starlet, who only featured twice before the Turkish women’s league was suspended in March, shares how she is coping and keeping fit amidst the lockdown.
“Of course it is difficult without your teammates, but at least I am lucky I can access all the facilities. I now realize that I made the best decision not to go live outside the city because it would have been very difficult,” she explained.
“We have our sessions as a team via Zoom every day where we are taken through various physical activities to keep our fitness. Apart from that, I also do a bit of my workout at the club facilities to ensure I don’t lose momentum,” Akida added.
Besiktas were second, a point behind leaders ALG Spor, 43, after 15 games before the COVID-19 outbreak. Akida is hoping to help her side retain the diadem and shine in one the most prestigious league in the world (UEFA Women’s Champions League).