On Sunday, June 6, 2021 the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) launched Nairobi Women Regional League at the Ligi Ndogo grounds- this, after the federation introduced the women’s cup tournament across the country in February.
The launch, hosted by Football Kenya Federation NEC member Nairobi region Michael Majua Ouma, was graced by the Football Kenya Federation vice president Doris Petra, the CEO Barry Otieno and the women representative Margaret Omondi. Owing to the federation’s agenda of ensuring women football growth across the country, the FKF Vice President noted the steady rise in the number of women participating at the grassroot level.
“The Federation has done a commendable job in setting up the third-tier league, I would also like to urge other federations to follow suit so as to nurture the young girls in grassroot level who would like to pursue a football career,” said women rep Omondi.
There are 12 teams in the first season of the women’s regional league- City Queens, Uweza Women, Ruaraka Girls Academy, Ruai Queens, KU Desert Roses, Dad Star, Kariobangi Sports, McMillan Ladies, Lexus Ladies, Beijing Raiders, Mrembo and Kibera Queens.
To kick start the league, four matches were played on the day of the launch which saw teams such as Uweza and Acakoro massacre other teams.
The first-round fixtures included;
Lexus queens 0 – 10 Uweza women
Beijing Raiders 4 – 1 City Queens
Mrembo 0 – 3 KU Desert of Roses
Acakoro 7 – 0 Kariobangi Sports
Winners were guaranteed promotion to the second-tier Women Division One League. "The league will help in keeping alive the football dreams of young talents." said the Federation Vice President, Doris Petra.
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