- Besiktas J.K and Harambee Starlets forward Esse Akida has challenged top Kenyan Premier League (KPL) teams to wake up and emulate the world football trend of big clubs investing in women’s team.
Earlier this month, Real Madrid completed the formalities necessary to absorb Deportivo Tacon into the club, meaning that from 2020-21 onwards the Merengue will field their first-ever side in the women’s Primera Division.
They (Real Madrid) were just following the footstep of the likes of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Valencia who have long since incorporated the women’s game within their supported sporting activities, with the former founding Club Femeni Barcelona.
As early as the year 1988, when Spain introduced a women’s competition, the forward believes it is possible to form female sides and emulate other clubs in the world. She now challenges Kenyan top tier teams to follow their lead.
“Real Madrid official women’s team is finally out,” Akida said on a Facebook post.
“The team was just formed months ago. Hi Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Bandari FC and everyone back at home, can we have this soon down there, please. It is possible, Very possible. Give it a try,” she concluded.
Despite Kenya having an active Women Premier League (WPL), there is no top tier team in the country that has a women’s team. As Akida poses the challenge, hopes remain yet to be seen if the top tier clubs transform and respond to this.
Akida has been a key figure for the Kenya women’s team before being controversially left out for recent assignments is graduate from the Moving the Goalposts (MTG) Academy.
Akida joined the Turkish side Besiktas FC in 2019 after just one season with the Israel side Ramat HaSharon. She was also part of the Harambee Starlets team that qualified for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) held in Cameroon.