Thika Queens are the 2021 Football Kenya Federation Women’s Premier League champions.
Former Kenyan international Essie Akida scored a brace to inspire Thika Queens to an impressive 3-0 win over Gaspo Women in an entertaining playoff final played at Nakuru Agriculture Showgrounds on Sunday.
The win saw Benta Achieng’s charges end their five-year drought as they bagged their second Premier League title since they were last crowned victors in 2016.
Despite ending Vihiga Queens impressive four-year dominance, Gaspo, who finished second in Zone A with 31 points, could not match Thika Queens’s powerhouse as Rachel Muema gave the Thika based side a narrow 1-0 first-half lead after netting in the 38th minute.
In the final half, Akida bagged her brace in the 57th and 65th minutes to seal the title and condemn Gaspo to a second consecutive final loss after previously losing to former champions Vihiga Queens in the 2019 playoff finals.
Harambee Starlets and Thika Queens striker Mwanahalima ‘Dogo’ Adam was named the Best Player of the Season.
She also bagged the Golden Boot after finishing as the top scorer with 21 goals.
Thika Queens will now represent Kenya in the inaugural Cecafa Women Championship Tournament.
The winner of the Cecafa gong will fly the region’s flag in the Caf Women Champions League set for July 17- August 11 in Nairobi.