- Kenya’s women football has come a very long way in a decade. Harambee Starlets ‘goalkeeper Annet Kundu highlights that the women’s league in Kenya is of good quality hence has a competitive advantage.
As international club owners travel far and wide to lure the best talent to their squads, the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper stood out as she was signed for Cyprus Division One league side, Lakatamia in January.
The Kenyan international points a spotlight on the Women’s Premier League and states that its standards are too high and the players have unmatched talent.
“To be honest, the Kenya Women Premier League is very competitive with quality players. Here, we have just started playing Division One this season and there are no better or rather competitive players. The biggest advantage here is quality equipment and well-built football infrastructure.” Kundu said.
The agile goalkeeper shone in the Golden Glove Awards. She gave it her best helping the team win the big title during the Cecafa Women’s Championship held in Tanzania last year capturing the attention of both Tanzanian Simba FC and the Cyprus scouts. She chooses to dare abroad.
“My brothers and sisters have all been amazing in my life. I was undecided to choose between Simba and Lakatamia but they felt it was the right time for me to move to Cyprus. They were the reason I joined Falcons and also monitored my progress from Shamberere primary, where I schooled. Their decision was right and they were excited when I got my wish. I can’t explain their joy.” She expressed.
Kundu believes in determination and will power. She has had struggles at the national team that saw her miss out on the first two Starlets’ call ups. But above all, she honors her coach for inspiring her and remains confident and committed to Harambee Starlets.
“When I got my first and second call up with Starlets, I couldn’t make the final list. I almost gave up but thanks to Coach Joshua Ariko for his encouragement. The third time, I donned the national team jersey and made the spot my preserve. I was nervous at first but my confidence became supreme from there onwards. I am always ready for the national team whenever I am called upon.” The goalkeeper concluded.