NAIROBI, Kenya- Harambee Starlets ace Corazone Aquino expressed utmost gratitude after
sealing a one-year contract with Portuguese top-tier side Atletico Ouriense.
The dynamic midfielder
will travel to Portugal on Friday after finally getting her visa on Monday
and she will join the Ourem-based club for the remainder of their top-flight
“This is like the biggest thing in my career yet and I am so
excited. I am thankful to God because women’s football is finally getting the
recognition it deserves.
“At least we will have ‘foreign based’ Harambee Starlets
players in the squad for once,” Aquino, who has been a mainstay in the team for
the last four years stated.
This comes in the wake of the duo of keeper Annette Kundu
and Ruth Ingotsi sealing a move to Cyprus while forward Mwanahalima Adam is set
to undergo month long trials in Sweden with another top-flight side Djugardens
Another star player on the move is striker Cynthia Shilwatso
who is also expected to travel to Sweden to join a second-tier club.
“I can’t wait to get started at the new club. I have heard
of its history and what they want to achieve and all their ambitions have
“The rest is now to go and work hard and be a mainstay and
definitely move up the ladder,” Aquino noted.
Ouriense are placed eighth in the 12-team 1a Divisao and
have accumulated 15 points from 12 matches.
They are 24 points off leaders Benfica and are currently on
a three-match losing streak with Aquino’s arrival at the club is expected to offer
them a huge midfield boost.
Having done well for Starlets during the Olympic qualifiers
and the 2019 CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup, the 21 year old is expected to be a
Aquino has previously played in Sweden where she plied for
Malmo based FC Rosengard.
The sensational Adam expects to impress the coaching team at the Stockholm based Djugardens and hope to follow in the footsteps of Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga who also started his overseas venture in Sweden.
“It is a huge opportunity for me and I hope to go there and
do my best InshaAllah. I am equal to the task and knowing how much this opportunity
means to me, I will not let myself and Kenyans down,” Adam stated.