After being walloped 8-1 by Vihiga Queens on Saturday in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Women’s Premier League at the Mumias Sports Complex in Kakamega, Wadadia FC have shelved their title ambitions.
Wadadia who were eying the Kenyan Women Premier League now want to finish in the top three, at least according to head coach Godfrey Mabonga.
Tactician says they were poised for a real title charge this season, but have decided to set a more realistic target for themselves considering the nature of results they have been recording.
“For now things are too tough and the only thing we are praying for is to finish among the top three teams,” he said.
A third-placed finish still looks a tall order for Wadadia who have lost six of their opening ten games, winning three and drawing one and are currently ninth on the 12-team log with 10 points, just a point above the relegation zone.
According to Mabonga however, the team is not badly off but it is just as a result of the absence of a number of key players and the unit will get ticking once all the players are in.
“The poor results we are registering in our matches are as a result of my players’ engagement with their colleges. For example in the last match we played against Vihiga, six of my dependable players were with their respective colleges for the inter college competitions,” Mabonga explained.
Wadadia are next away to defending champions Thika Queens at the Thika Stadium on Saturday and Mabonga is keen to avoid repeating the mistakes that saw them ripped apart by CECAFA champions Vihiga Queens.
“Our next match against Thika is a must win. By then I will have all my players who were engaged with their colleges, as you understand Wadadia an academy. I will work more on striking and defence which I feel we haven’t been tight enough this season,” he added.
Thika Queens are third on the log with 16 points from the opening eight matches, six points adrift of unbeaten leaders Vihiga Queens.