The name Christabel Tata may not yet ring a bell with many a follower of the women’s game in Kenya but the 18 year old Rehema Academy graduate is certainly one to look out for.
She was a vital cog for her side who reached the cup semifinal, falling to a 0-28 loss to Nasokol at the 2016 KRU Girls U19 National Seven Championships which were held on the sidelines of the Safari Sevens at the Kasarani Stadium.
Kenya Lionesses Head Coach Kevin Wambua said, “ We have invited Christabel to get a feel of being in the Lionesses setup. While she is not currently in the provisional squad, she is a player that we do have our sights on and it is important to expose her to the Lionesses environment early in a bid to see her realize her full potential.”
Nicholas Aballa, KRU Age Grade & Women’s Rugby Coordinator added, “ Tata is one of eight players we have earmarked under our talent development program, the others being Nancy Opiyo, Sharon Akinyi Onyango ,Josephine Lyra (Barchando) ,Grace Adhiambo ,Vivian Akumu (Nakuru Day ), Janet kerubo (Rianyachabera High school) and Orpha Okero (Ekerubo secondary school).”
“The biggest challenge remains monitoring and coordinating their participation in the program owing to the fact that with the exception of Tata, the rest are still in school and based out Nairobi. We are however working on ways of mitigating these challenges,” he concluded.