Kenyan female soccer player excels at Simba Queens  

03Apr 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Kenyan female soccer player excels at Simba Queens  

​​​​​​​BERTHA Omita, a Kenyan female soccer player, who plays for Simba Queens in the Mainland Tanzania Women's Premier League, has become a prominent player for the side, coached by Mussa Hassan 'Mgosi'.

Simba Queens' Bertha Omita (R), dribbles past Mwanza's Alliance Girls' defender when the sides met in this season's Mainland Women Premier League's tie, played at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam recently. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT

Simba Queens are out to defend the domestic women top flight's title they lifted in the 2019/20 season.

Bertha signed for Simba Queens this season from Kenya's Kisumu All Starlets as high profile player in the Tanzanian club.

She is as well a member of Kenya's senior national women team, Harambee Starlets.

Bertha stated: "I was born in Kenya at the province called Siaya. I was raised by a single mother and I never got to know my father. I went to Awelo Primary School.''

She noted: "In high school I attended Aluor Girls High School, did well and later went to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology. I studied teaching and I got a degree in English and Literature.''

How did you start playing soccer?

"As for football, I have always loved it since I was very young, when I was in school a friend of mine used to take me to their team called Wadadia.''

"Fortunately, I played well and they said they were taking me and from that day on, God helped me a lot and I grew up playing every time I was given a chance and people grew to see me in matches and believe me.''

"After that I went to play for clubs which include Oserian Ladies and Kisumu All Starlets in Kenya and then Simba Queens, so I have generally played four teams so far.''

Have you ever dreamed of playing in Tanzania?

"I never knew there would be a day when I would come to play in the Tanzanian league, so I can say it's just that God wants me to come here.''

"I wanted to play professional football first until I got far in progress. But my other dream was to study to be a teacher and here as I speak with you, I am a secondary school teacher by profession.''

Have any team ever followed you apart from Simba Queens?

"In Kenya there were a lot of teams that needed me, but in Tanzania Simba Queens and Baobab Queens sought to recruit me.''

What is the difference between the Tanzanian women league and Kenya's?

"There is a difference because in Kenya most matches are very tough, but for Tanzania I can say Simba Queens, JKT Queens, Yanga Princesses and maybe Ruvuma Queens (are competent clubs) but also there is also a lot of competition.''

How did your first match with Simba Queens come about?

"I was very happy because there were so many fans giving us support and that's the sweetest thing in football.''

''On the 'Simba Day' the way the crowd was packed and the way people love football surprised me.''

What are your expectations within Tanzania Women League?

"I don't think I've found a big difference because I knew Simba Queens were (previous season) champions and we have put a lot of work into the start of the season so as we can defend our championship," she concludes.

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