Ghana dent Kenya’s hockey title dream in Egypt


Sliders players Wright-Alexis Kimberly (L) and Anita Agunda celebrates scoring against Weatherhead of Uganda during ...
Sliders players Wright-Alexis Kimberly (L) and Anita Agunda celebrates scoring against Weatherhead of Uganda during the 2016 edition of the Africa Cup of Club Hockey Championships at the City Park Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on January 07, 2017. Sliders won 6-3. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

The national women hockey team relinquished a 1-0 lead to loss 2-1 to Ghana in their second match on Monday afternoon in the ongoing African Cup of Nations Championships in Ismailia, Egypt.

Kenya took the lead in the 29th minute courtesy of Telkom Orange’s super girl Guchu Caroline who shook the net via a field goal to hype her birthday.

As the action intensified Adampa Janet was cautioned for rough play in the 32nd minute, sitting out for five minutes.

Seven minutes later, Boakye Serwaa of Ghana played a foul leaving the Umpire with no option but to send her out too.

As the turf continued to heat, one minute later after Serwaa’s foul, debutant Okumu Gilly who play for Strathmore was sent out for ten minutes after a yellow card was directed to her.

Matters went from bad to worse for Kenyan ladies in the 51st minute when poor defending cost them, allowing their opponents to equalize courtesy of Boakye Serwaa.

Six minutes to the end of the explosive encounter, Umaru Nafisatu shattered Kenya’s hopes of their first win, notching in the winner.

Kenya has now lost two consecutive matches in the continental championships and is bottom on the five-team log with no point.

They face another West Africa side Nigeria on Wednesday.

Starting line ups

Kenya

Onyango Cynthia, Muragu Jane, Nekesa Juma Teresa, Guchu Caroline, Aura Lilian, Karanja Yvonne,  Omaido Audrey, Karanja Tracy, Okumu Gilly, Mutiva Flavia, Owour Rachel

Ghana

Azumah Bridget, Adampa Janet, Boakye Serwaa, Fosuaa Emelia, Umaru Nafisatu, Amoako Cecilia, Whyte Debora, Afriyie Lydia, Sarfoa Martha,     Adjei Bennedicta, Narkuor Vivian  .

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Story By Erastus Muturi
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