The Desert Roses are a group of energetic and passionate young women in Kenyatta University. They boast of elegance and skillful play as they rate their performance to a nine out of ten.
The Beginning of the Desert Roses
This football team dubbed the Desert Roses was formed in the early 2000’s with the aim of empowering women at a time when male chauvinism was pronounced in most of the practiced sports in the country.
Over the years, the team has seen good progress in terms of an increase in the number of ladies who get interested in the sport after joining K.U.
In 2016, the team has had a whooping thirty-two matches from January till today. In these matches they have had two losses and one draw proving that they are truly the best in the game.
Like any other team, challenges cannot be avoided. They have faced discrimination and discouragement from other students as a result of their tomboy character and also lack of support from organizers of their matches since most of them don’t want to support women who are trying to change the rules of a game that everyone has for a long time considered a male sport.
The team has also been challenged with lesbianism but according to the current team captain, the vice is now fading away. One of the team members says proudly:
“It was something we found in the team when we joined campus, but now it is no longer with us and we are glad,”
Although this might be good news to them, they say the lesbianism vice is a huge problem in most of the teams they have played with from different parts of the country.
All Thanks to…
With enthusiasm and charisma for what they do, they are happy that the school has always been supportive of the sport. They specifically mention their Vice Chancellor Mrs. Mugenda and the sports department in conjunction with the school of sports science where most of the players get their knowledge.
They also cheerfully thank the press within the school for contributing in their popularity. They are grateful for K.U FM and K.U. TV for the advertisements and mentions of their future, current and past games. And last but not least they mention their coach who has been their anchor for a long time.
The Desert Roses Dream
The Desert Rose’s keep the team alive by having internal awards for out standing players. They are also nominated for the Sports Person of the Year Award at the KUSA awards. They also encourage themselves by having team building activities such as swimming, sleep overs and environmental expeditions. They admit to enjoy their practices as they keep themselves fit and also give them a chance to understand the right diet as sports persons.
They hope to win the matches and achieve their long term goal of proving to the male team that what a man can do a woman can do it better with the help of the virtues of discipline and hard work.