November 13, 2012

Mighty Mite

The Suba Lakers closed out the Division 1 season with a couple of losses on the road this past weekend.  They lost to Nyuki Starlets on Saturday in Kakamega and then dropped a close one to Kisumu Leeds 4-3 in Kisumu on Sunday.  They made it a close game with the smallest (and youngest) player on the field scoring two dynamite goals. 

In the Suba Lakers video on and on youtube, Brenda June declares that she wants to be the best player in the world.  She is well on her way!

June was born in 2001 and stands about 5 feet tall.  She is probably 5-10 years younger than most of the girls she was competing against, but she managed to put two lasers in the back of the net to bring the Lakers close to drawing even.  The Lakers also got a penalty kick that Belinda Awuor knocked in.  The offensive effort wasn't enough as the team allowed 4 goals to narrowly lose by one. 

It wasn't the ending the club was hoping for in a highly competitive Nationwide Division 1 league.  It was the first year of competing in the 2nd highest league in the country.  During the first half of the league, most of the secondary school girls were available to compete, but in the second leg, the Lakers had to use their primary school girls almost exclusively.  They battled hard throughout the season against much older and bigger players.  They were only blown out of one game.  Every other game was a pretty close affair where they had a chance to pull it out. 

Overall, it was a great opportunity for the girls of Mbita to develop their talents and compete against some of the best players and teams in the country.  The experience will make them much stronger in the future. 

There will be some other open tournaments in December during the school holidays. 

November 3, 2012

Barren Draw

The Suba Lakers continued their Division 1 Season with a barren draw against arch rivals Victoria.  Victoria is sitting in 4th place in the league, one position ahead of the Suba Lakers.  In the earlier match in Kendu Bay back in September, Victoria emerged triumphant with a 2-0 victory. 

This time around both teams battled hard in an evenly matched contest.  The Lakers were playing with 9 of their primary school players against the more experienced team.  The outstanding performers on the day were once again Goalkeeper Lillian Awuor and defender Lavenda Achieng. 

The Suba Lakers will finish off their season in the inaugural FKF Ladies Division 1 League next weekend with away matches at Nyuki Starlets and Kisumu Leeds.