Mathare United Women Football Team’s recent run of form has forward Diana Wachera angling for a top 8 finish, this- the Kenya U20 International says will enable them play the FKF Shield thus gain more experience as most of her teammates are young girls.
The Ladies outfit from Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) were 2-1 winners over Makolanders last Sunday- a performance that added to their back to back wins against Soccer Queens and Wadadia Ladies FC. Wachera, who had missed the Wadadia clash, reveals that there was only a change in mentality.
‘’We believed our day would come. Teamwork and a lot of communication guided us through the matches and I am happy it turned out that way. You can never tell with football, those were some pretty tough fixtures but we could not allow ourselves to fall every time,’’ the 20 year old tells Soka.
United sit 9th on the 16-team WPL log after 24 rounds of matches and fell three successive times before waking up in the last three. The two Vihiga outfits- Leeds and Queens tossed the capital side about before Kisumu All Starlets wrapped up the woeful run.
Wachera, who has played in all of Kenya’s U20 matches during the World Cup qualifiers, says she might pass as young but at Mathare, they are the senior ones to look up to.
‘’We have a lot of young girls in the team and the responsibility for guidance falls on us. Playing against Ghana home and away sharpened a few aspects of how I play. We did bow out to them but I brought something back to my club Mathare,’’ adds the forward who has been at MYSA all her life.
Playing a second successive season in the women’s top flight is no child’s play she reveals. Most of her teammates from last year in fact, bowed out.
‘’I am still here because I feel football has helped me achieve a lot. Mathare would have been a better team had we kept some of our players in the past but that is life. Some left due to job commitments while others joined other clubs. For some of us however, having been bred in the MYSA system, we will be here for the long haul,’’ adds Wachera who has been abroad with MYSA’s U14 team back in 2010.
The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Women’s shield has been introduced and will target the top 8 teams in the division. At 9th, Wachera believes they can contest a top 8 finish and play more matches in the knock-out competition.
‘’A top 8 finish will be enough. What we need now more than anything is experience and we can only get that when we play against more experienced teams,’’ she concludes.
United have won 9 their 24 league matches, shared the spoils just four times and lost eleven.