CECAFA W: Quick Stats, Team of The Group Stages

Cecafa women’s championship group stages came to a successful climax on Friday afternoon with drama where pool B rankings were decided by coin toss.

A total of 50 goals have leaked in so far from nine matches translating to 6.1 goals per match. Kenya led group A with a perfect nine points from three games without conceding while Zanzibar swallowed thirty and scored one.

Crested Cranes leading striker Hasifa Nassuna (4) tops the scoring table jointly with Mbeyu Essy Akida and Vivian Corazon Odhiambo both from Kenya. Kenya has the most goals, abortion 19.

There have been a total of 20 cards issued, 19 yellows and one red card handed to Zanzibar keeper Amina Mohammed Kitambi during the opening game against Burundi.

The islanders have also received the highest number of cards five (four yellows) while Burundi have only one caution. Kenya’s Christine Nafula has accumulated the most number of cautions (2) and is therefore suspended for the semis.

Best Team of the groups;
Just like has been the norm, Chimpsport’s Fred analyses the best performers of the group stages.

GK: Vivian Akinyi
The Kenyan first choice keeper has maintained her goal area with maximum discipline and perfection not letting in a single goal. Has also done well in commanding and maintaining team balance.

Stumai Abdallah (Tz).Always provided Tanzania with attacking options on her left wing and good cover in her original left back position. She happened to score the winning goal against Burundi which helped largely to cement the top spot after a barren result with Ethiopia.

Asol Wendy Achieng (Ke). Was the second commanding force after Vivian with accurate tackles, aerial action and perfect clearances.

Christine Wanyana (Ug). The Crested Cranes captain started on a low note failing to inspire Uganda against an explosive Kenyan attack but picked up later and kept two crucial clean sheets in the last two games.

Konka Meskerem (ETH). Very energetic, vastly talented and speedy defender who can adopt to almost every position in the field as a cover up. Scored the winning goal versus Rwanda that confirmed Lucy’s semi final place.

Fazirah Ikwaput(Ug). Missed the first game but exploded in the second leading to three goals and one for her own. She capped her debut with a lone winner in the last game against Burundi.

Mary Kinuthia (Ke). The small bodied left foot Kenyan skipper has been the attacking engine of the Kenyan team. Scoring two and recording over four assists. The team struggled with touch against Zanzibar until she was introduced in the second half.

Asha Rashid(Tz). Asha has been involved in all the three Tanzania goals scoring two and assisting Stumai Abdalla’s. Was unlucky to hit the post twice against Ethiopia.

Loss Abera (ETH). Very skillful and ready to initiate attack whenever in the opponents half. Scored two and assisted to Konko’s header.

Essy Akida (Ke) & Hasifah Nassuna (UG)
Tournament leading scorers with four goals apiece. Akida has been the highlight of Kenya’s attacking formula. Probably the most feared forward at the tournament so far. Hassifa thrived against Zanzibar with four on target. She lacked support against Kenya while kept Burundi defenders in their half during most part of the game.

Coach: David Ouma.. Simply a perfect record

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