Kenya Women Premier League will kick off on Saturday, December 12. The Football Kenya Federation and representatives from WPL clubs arrived at this decision after holding a meeting. The stakeholders held that meeting last week.
Defending champions Vihiga Queens, who clinched their third title by a massive 79 points last season, will kick off their campaign with a match against Wadadia at Mumias Complex. This will be in a Zone B contest.
Newbies Nakuru West Queens and Oyugis, the Society Empowerment Project (SEP) will open their debut against Oserian Ladies and Kisumu All Starlets correspondingly.
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In Zone A, Thika Queens, who finished third last season will take on Ulinzi Starlets. Gaspo Women will face Zetech Sparks. Gaspo FC will be hoping to kick off the new season a high note after beefing up their frontline.
They have signed in new attackers. These include Liseche Stella from Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, Rhoda Nafula from Wiyeta, Diana Wacera from Mathare and Mercy Airo from Kisumu All Stars.
Airo, the immediate former Kisumu Starlets forward, amassed 30 goals in last season. She managed to emerge second best in the charts. Therefore, Gaspo are expecting her to continue with her exeptional performances of last season.
The women’s league will resume two weeks after the men’s league. The men’s league kicked off on November 28.
The new season will feature the top-flight and Division One leagues. Both of the leagues have a total of 12 clubs in each of the two Zones. A proposed regional league is also set to be presented as the third-tier league. It will feature eight regions across the country.
Kenya Women Premier League history
FKF created the first women’s football league in Kenya in 1985. However, in 2010, no women’s league in Kenya was running anymore because of financial problems. UNICEF and the Kenyan government then sponsored the new league. In 2013 the sponsorship ended, leaving the league unfinished mid-season. In 2014, FKF created a league and named it the FKF Girls’ Premier League.