Thika Queens seems to have admitted that they can no longer defend their Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Women’s Premier League title they won on June 28, 2021 by beating Gaspo Women 3-0 in the final of the playoffs at the Nakuru ASK Showgrounds.
On the day, Thika Queens who topped Zone A with 42 points got their goals through Essie Akida (two goals) and Rachael Muema to bag their third league title that also marked the end of their five year-title drought.
With the 2021/22 league season having adopted the unified format as opposed to the zone format, the defending champions, by their standards are struggling.
Twelve games in, Thika Queens are fourth on the KWPL log with 23 points, behind unbeaten leaders Vihiga Queens (34 points), Ulinzi Starlets (25 points) and Gaspo Women (25 points).
Glenstone Muganga, the club’s Team Manager, has seemingly admitted that their title defence may not be tenable this season but hope to rope in maximum points in their remaining fixtures for an honourable finish.
“We hope to bag maximum points in our remaining games this season so that we can at least finish second if not top of the table because as champions we have to prove ourselves worthy and prepared for the next season,” Muganga said.
Thika Queens next face league debutants Bunyore Starlets and heading into the tie, Muganga is wary of Starlets who are fighting for their stay in the top flight.
“That game will not be an easy one for us but we are hoping for some home ground advantage to register a win which we have to get through all means possible,” he said.
Thika Queens are on the back of a 2-0 win away to Kayole Starlets while Bunyore Starlets managed to get their revenge over Wadadia by beating them 3-0.