Twiga Stars hammer Mauritania in UNAF women competition

15Feb 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Twiga Stars hammer Mauritania in UNAF women competition

SENIOR national women soccer squad, Twiga Stars, have clobbered Mauritania 7-0 in the opening clash of a competition organized by the Union of North Africa Football Federations (UNAF), which took place in Tunisia yesterday afternoon.

Twiga Stars are the guest team in the competition, which involves nations that are members of the UNAF.

Twiga Stars were in great form in the match, easily tormenting their seemingly weak opponents to eventually come out with the emphatic victory.

The visitors had already posted the seven goals in the first period of the duel, which was played at Kram venue.

Amina Ally, Opa Clement and Enekia Kasonga drilled in a goal each, whereas fellow players, Kadosho Shekigenda and Mwanahamisi Omary, notched two goals apiece for the eventual winners.

The event serves as platform for Twiga Stars, mostly made up of youngsters who also feature in the national U-20 team, to stay in great shape and excel in the FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifiers.

Twiga Stars’ head coach, Bakari Shime, pointed out his squad needs a series of competitive encounters in an effort to help the team gain experience.

He thanked Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) for doing its best to help the team get the opportunity to participate in the tournament.

The coach pointed out TFF officials did all they could to get the opportunity given the squad needs to regularly play competitive games.

He moreover noted he was hopeful his squad will start the tournament well.

Fullback Esther Mabanza, a member of the Tanzania team, pointed out she is confident they will post good results in the competition.

In yesterday’s other duel, Morocco took on Tunisia in a duel that was set to kick off shortly thereafter.

Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and hosts Tunisia are as well taking part in the tournament.

Twiga Stars consist of Tausi Abdallah, Enekia Kasonga, Juliet Singano, Happy Hezron, Fatuma Issa, Fatuma Hassan, Amina Ally, Mwanahamisi Omary, Pheromena Daniel, Asha Hamza, Eva Jackson, Zubeda Mgunda, Aisha Masaka, Violet Machela, Asha Rashid, Anastazia Katunzi, Fatuma Hatibu, Esther Mabanza,Opa Clement, Diana Lucas.

The first edition of the North Africa competition was played in 2009 in Tunisia and only three teams, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt, participated.

Tunisia laid their hands on the top honour in the maiden tournament with victory over Algeria in the final.