Butali recover to sink Ghana Police, Sliders crushed
Butali Sugar Warriors got their Africa Cup for Club Championship in Hockey campaign back on track on Monday after recovering from opening day defeat to thump Ghana Police 3-1 in a Pool B men’s encounter at Nairobi City Park.
Fellow Kenyans Sliders were crushed 5-1 by El Raufai Babes also known as Kada Queens from Nigeria to derail their charge after launching their campaign with a comprehensive 6-3 victory over Weatherhead in Group A.
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Having been out-flicked by Egyptian giants Sharkia 2-0 on Saturday, Butali took only three minutes to sound the Police boards through Brian Musasia before Rijksen Joost converted the second from a penalty corner for a 2-0 advantage at the break.
Musasia flicked in his brace for Butali soon after the restart before they eased of the pedal and allowed Richard Adjei to pull one back for the Ghanaians in the 66th minute of the contest for what was a consolation.
“It is a welcome result and we played a good game after losing the opening match especially since we made many mistakes in the game,” the relieved Butali stand-in coach Meshack Senge remarked after the victory.
Having been de-feathered 5-2 by African champions and Kenyan giants Telkom Orange in the opener, Kada Babes tore through Sliders to bounce back into contention in a dominant display that left the second local team short of answers.
From the opening hooter, the Nigerians camped in the Kenyan half with Faith Ikiriko scoring the first goal in the sixth from a penalty corner with Beauty Irame stretching their advantage in the 33rd for a 2-0 first half lead.
Sliders came off the blocks after the breather and after laying siege on the Kada goal, Rhoda Nyambura gave them hope when she scored four minutes into the second stanza.
That roused the Nigerian Queens from their slumber and Alpha Jones made it 3-1 in the 57th before Evelyn Noreida sounded the boards later to put the game beyond Sliders.
Roselyn Ovoh piled on the misery for the Kenyans when she scored the fifth a minute from time to complete the rout.
On Tuesday, Orange who are going for a fifth successive women’s title take on Weatherhead with Jos Openda’s girls knowing victory will place them in pole position to top Pool A.
National men’s champions Kenya Police are also in action against Eastern Company from Egypt.
-Report by Elizabeth Mbugua