The first edition of the women football in the just started County Assemblies Sports Association (CASA) games festival kicks off on Thursday.
Team CASA Kajiado on August 29. Sixth from left is striker Yvonne Tonkei, who is als CASA deputy secretary general.
Participating teams confirmed early on Wednesday include; Kajiado, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Tharaka Nithi, Migori, Kilifi and Nandi.
CASA deputy secretary general, Yvonne Tonkei, told KNU all the preliminaries, quarter, semis and finals will be played at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.
“This is the first time women MCAs have been cropped in football and I can say I impressed by the number of teams that have just registered. Our players are well prepared for this competition,” said Tonkei, who is also playing for Kajiado county assembly team as a striker.
Speaking at Kasarini, Tonkei said her team is prepared for nothing less than a win against the rest in the competition.
“We have some of the youngest players in our team with a strong defence and strikers. Just watch this space as we tell our competitors to brave for a sounding defeat,” claimed Tonkei.
Striker Sandra Mario in warm-up mood at Kasarani on August 29.
Tonkei said the preliminaries will be played on Thursday, and the finals will be played on Friday.
“All the teams are well prepared and so far no reported injuries among players in all the teams. I am impressed that we have five teams from pastoral counties in the country who are plating in this championship,” said the CASA deputy secretary general.
Starting early on Thursday will be; Elgeyo Marakwet vs Kericho, Turkana vs Tharaka Nithi, Kajiado vs Elgeyo Marakwet, Tharaka Nithi vs Migori and Kericho vs Kajiado.
The Kajiado team will be fired mostly by strikers Sandra Mario (9), Tonkei (10) and Winnie Sein (8). Sein is the team captain and has lined up Sarah Simayiai (4), Mercy Maet (goal keeper) and Emily Samante (5).
The games being held in Nairobi have brought together 15,000 participants drawn from the 47 counties.
According to Tonkei, participants will battle for honours in 23 disciplines including football, netball, basketball, athletics and traditional dances.
“Fourteen stadiums across Nairobi County will be used for the weeklong event,” he disclosed, with most action taking place at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, including the opening and closing ceremonies.
Winnie Sein – striker.
The deputy secretary general said the games aims at enhancing cohesion and promotes the exchange of ideas from the diverse communities in Kenya, as well as appreciates devolution.
The theme for these games is “Enhancing the Legislature Agenda through Sports and Culture.”
Chairman of the County Assemblies Forum (CAF) Johnson Osoi, on Monday, had warned other counties that Tana River County will be going all out to win trophies soon after Deputy President William Ruto opened the games on Monday.