Dear fellow MYSA Trustees and friends,

Yesterday, our national women’s team qualified for the 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations. This is the first time our national women’s team has qualified in Kenyan football history. Among the 54 African countries, the other 7 countries which also qualified are: Cameroon, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The women’s AFCON will be held in Cameroon from November 19 to December 3, 2016.

How important is a youth development programme for girls?
How important is it for the girls to participate in international youth tournaments?
The attached chart clearly shows both are crucially important


On the Kenyan national women’s team, MYSA alumni constitute:

  • 16 of the 24 players (67%)
  • 12 of the 18 players selected for the match (67%)
  • 9 of the 14 fielded player, including the Captain and the goal scorer (64%) 
  • 4 of the 6 team officials: Head Coach, Asst Coach, Team Manager, Kit Manager (67%)

On participation on MYSA teams in international youth tournaments:

  • 4 of the 9 fielded MYSA alumni have played in the Norway Cup
  • 3 of the other 5 fielded MYSA alumni have played in the Czech Republic and USA
  • the Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Team Manager also participated in the Norway Cup

As agreed at our last Board meeting, MYSA has expanded it’s girls programmes this year. In addition to 17,770 boys playing on 1,077 teams in 111 MYSA leagues in our 16 zones. There are now 7,694 girls playing on 418 teams in 65 MYSA leagues in all 16 zones. Also, 42 of 79 elected positions (53%) are held by girls, including the Executive Council Chair.

The MYSA U14 girls team for the 2016 Norway Cup was also at the match yesterday. They enthusiastically cheered on their older sisters and their heroes and role models. In a few years from now, many of them will likely also be playing on our national teams

With thanks for your continuing support,