- The former Harambee Starlets head coach Richard Kanyi has weighed in on the future of women football in Kenya. He believes in Mwendwa’s ability to boost women’s football to the Olympic Games or the Women’s World Cup level.
After years of neglect, women’s football in Kenya is making impressive strides under Mwendwa’s presidency. For the past four years, he has been consistently working on projects that will provide support for the Starlets for the past years.
”Women football is bright. We are working with FIFA on a project that will boost women football in Kenya as we were picked as the country that is actively involved in supporting girls pursue their football aspirations.” Mwendwa said.
Even though the Starlets failed in their pursuit for a slot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after losing to Zambia in the two-legged qualifiers in November 2019, they are making good progress.
The talent in the women’s football national side has so far attracted international interest, with key players now being signed by top European football clubs.
Kenyan Queens have been making headlines in European football and many international clubs are now eyeing Kenya for talent. This progress has been possible under Mwendwa’s leadership. Kanyi believes the president still has a lot in store for women footballers if he secures a second term.
“Women’s football in Kenya has really changed in the last four years and we thank the president and his team as the fraternity of women’s football,” Kanyi said
“We would go far as long as we get the support. What I think is at the end of the possible second term of Mwendwa we would make it either to the Olympic Games or to the World Cup,” he added
Harambee Starlets registered victory in their maiden Cecafa Women’s Challenge Cup in Dar es Salaam last year. The queens will use the regional tournament to redeem themselves after falling short in their pursuit of a ticket to the Tokyo Olympic Games slated for 2020.