Kakamega Homeboyz have come out to parade their women’s football team just a day after the Confederation of Africa Cup issued guidelines that clubs taking part in their competitions must adhere to.
In the new set of rules and regulations issued by the African body and which qualified clubs must comply with by the deadline day of June 30 or risk being disqualified, one of the requirements is for the clubs to have an active women’s football team.
In Kenya, Gor Mahia, Tusker, and Homeboyz are on course to earn tickets for continental action. While Gor and Tusker are fighting it out for the FKF Premier League title, which earns a Champions League ticket, the Brewers are also in the race to win the Mozzart Bet FKF Cup as they are scheduled to face Homeboyz in the final.
The domestic Cup winners are guaranteed a direct ticket to the Confederation Cup. Homeboyz have paraded photos of their women’s team, Kakamega Starlets, which is taking part in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Western Women region league that comprises nine teams.
In the league’s table dated May 28, Starlets are topping the log with 31 points from 11 matches, FCK Queens are second with 25 points from the same number of matches, Chakol Queens are third with 18 points while Kisiwa Starlets are fourth with 16 points from 12 matches.
Other teams taking part in the league include Luandeti Ladies, Matili TTI Ladies, Lamverse, Kafa Ladies, and Sosa Queens. When reached for comment, Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula confirmed the existence of the team and wondered why other teams in the Premier League did not have a women’s team.
“At Homeboyz, we have our Starlets, who are doing extraordinarily marvelous in their Division and will be promoted to Division One next season because they are topping the table,” said Shimanyula.
“We are always ahead of such teams because of our good planning and I have confident Homeboyz will not be disqualified from the Caf competition if we qualify.”
Shimanyula added: “We have a final against Tusker, and we have the best chance to win and represent the country, we will beat Tusker and win the FKF Cup, so we are prepared to meet all Caf regulations and represent Kenya well.”
In another requirement, the African body are seeking for the teams to use approved stadia for their matches.