NAIROBI, Kenya- Neddy Atieno helped herself to four as Harambee Starlets ran riot in an 11-0 demolition of Mauritius to consolidate their lead at the summit of Group B of the COSAFA Women’s Tournament on Saturday.
Atieno, who scored a hat-trick in the 5-2 win over Mozambique in their opener, now has seven goals in the tournament and is firmly on course to bag the Golden Boot.
Mombasa Olympics’ Mwanahalima ‘Dogo’ Adam opened the scoring in the fifth minute after Wendy Achieng picked her out at the back post with a sumptuous delivery from a corner.
Atieno then made Starlets’ superb start to the game count on the score line when she scored two quick goals within seven minutes.
Lucy Mukhwana, who was a constant menace in the early exchanges, then got her name on the act 10 minutes before the break when she looped the ball from a long way out past the advancing Mauritius custodian Betty.
Ricahrd Kanyi’s charges headed into the interval well on the driving seat courtesy of yet another breathtaking goal from Atieno who contrived to guide Adam’s cross into the net with a diving header.
With the job half way done, Kanyi rested captain Achieng for Cheris Avilia, Lilian Adera for Pauline Musungu and Florence Awino for Carolyne Omondi at the restart but that did not affect the relentless Starlets.
Mukhwana notched her brace moments later when she tapped in a low cross from the impressive Atieno.
The woman of the match made it 8-0 with another solo effort before substitute Avilia netted the next for the rampart Starlets.
Dorcas Shikobe hammered in Kenya’s 10th in with a venomous drive from the edge of the box before Adam sealed and Samantha Raoussie’s own goal sealed the goal avalanche.
Starlets who top their pool with six points need only a draw in their last game to assure their place in the semi finals.
Swaziland were scheduled to face Mozambique later Saturday.