Malkia Strikers have been condemned to their third straight defeat at the Tokyo Olympics following their loss to Serbia.
Malkia are yet to pick a favourable result at the ongoing Summer Games having lost to hosts Japan in their opener before following up that disappointing result with another one against South Korea.
The Paul Bitok-tutored team was keen to make amends in their third fixture against Serbia on Thursday, July 29, only for them to lose 3-0.
Despite the frustrating results, Malkia Strikers did put up a spirited performance against the world champions as they came up close in two sets.
Kenya narrowly lost the first set 21-25, with the second one ending in a 11-25 loss.
Serbia 🇷🇸 – Kenya 🇰🇪 3-0 (25-21, 25-11, 25-20)
Once again, Malkia Strikers were tough opponents against a world giant, coming up close in 2 sets 🇰🇪🔥#TeamKenya #YouAreTheReason
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— TeamKenya (@OlympicsKe) July 29, 2021
The team came close to winning the third, only to lose by a fine margin of 20-25.
Malkia are scheduled to take on Brazil and the Dominican Republic in two of their last fixtures of the preliminary round.
A number of Kenyans have since taken to social media to react to Malkia’s third successive defeat, with some sending the team messages of support.
All Set For Caf Women’s Champions League Qualifiers In Nairobi
The inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League CECAFA Qualifiers is set to take center stage on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the Nyayo National Stadium.
All of the eight clubs that had confirmed participation in the CAF Women Champions League CECAFA Qualifiers have checked into the capital, Nairobi, save for Zanzibari outfit New Generation, who are scheduled to jet in on Saturday morning, ahead of the tournament kick-off.
The teams will battle it out for a chance to represent the region at the CAF Champions League that will be played in Egypt, later this year.
In a press briefing held today at the Nyayo National Stadium, CECAFA Executive Director Auka Gacheo noted how the tournament will offer an opportunity to women teams, allowing them to play at the highest level.
“This tournament is the next level for the women’s game in the CECAFA region. It will provide our teams with the opportunity to play at the highest level of continental club competition available in Africa, which is the CAF Women’s Champions League,” said Mr. Gacheo.
Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Chairperson and FKF Deputy President Doris Petra echoed Mr. Gacheo’s words saying this opportunity will help raise the profile of the women’s game in the region.
“This will help raise the profile of the women’s game, attract more players, fans and lead to the creation of more clubs,” Mrs. Petra.
The matches are set to be played at the MISC Kasarani and the Nyayo National Stadium, in Nairobi.
Wanyama Seals Montreal Win In Stoppage Time
Victor Wanyama squeezed home a late penalty to aid CF Montreal to pick up a 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls at Saputo Stadium on Saturday night.
The match was filled with drama at the end when Carlos Miguel Coronel saved two penalties in stoppage time.
But then, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) offered Montreal the chance to take the same penalty three times as the Brazilian keeper was deemed to have stepped off his line before the ball was kicked.
Mason Toye had the first two penalties saved before the opportunity was shifted to the Harambee Stars captain.
Wanyama, making a return after sitting out of the previous match owing to suspension, took the third attempt and beat Coronel in the 98th minute to aid his side snap a five-match winless run.
A penalty was taken three times at CF Montreal vs New York Red Bulls with the match 1-1 in added time.
1st Saved. VAR rules encroachment
2nd Saved. VAR rules encroachment
3rd Victor Wanyama steps up and scores
FT CF Montreal 2-1 New York Red Bulls pic.twitter.com/RwHjQqt1wv
— ⚽🖤💛🔴⚪⚫ (@ElijahKyama) August 15, 2021
This was after Patryk Klimala had given the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time with a penalty of his own before Nigeria’s Sunusi Ibrahim leveled the score midway through the second half.