The Kenya women national team Harambee Starlets had a great start to the COTIF Women Tournament in Spain whacking Benfica women’s team 3 – 0 on Sunday 31 July in Valencia.
The team’s top striker Esse Akida scored a hat- trick to see the national team thump the reigning Portuguese Champions CF Benfica.
After a cagey opening Akida scored her first on the 28th minute to give Starlets a 1-0 half time lead then adding her second on the 49th minute before completing her hat trick on the 70th minute.
Pooled in Group A, the win was a major boost for the Kenyan ladies and they will be hoping to replicate the same when they take on Espanyol in their second match of the group on Tuesday 2 August.
A win over the Spanish side will guarantee Starlets a place in the second round.
Starlets is using the six-team tournament as preparation for the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) finals set for Cameroon from 19 November to 3 August.
In another match of the day in Group B, the Venezuela national team defeated Spanish sides Betis 2-0 on Saturday 30 July.