Double victory for Kenya teams in Africa Cup

By elvince joshua
Nov 19, 2013
  • Caroline Guchu (left) races for the ball against Tanzania's Winfreda Gowele at the Africa Cup of Nations at the City Park stadium. Kenya won 13-1.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Ghana vs South Africa.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

After a disappointing start, Kenya tasted victory on day two of the Africa Cup of nations, against Tanzania and Ghana in the women and men's competitions respectively.

The women's team begun the day on a positive note, beating Tanzania 13-1 and the men's team did not disappoint when they beat fancied Ghana 2-0 in the last match of the day.

Coach Meshack Senge made one change to Monday's wasteful squad, replacing goalkeeper Linus Kipkemboi who made two mistakes that cost Kenya their first defeat in the opening match against Egypt, bringing in goalkeeper James Kayieko who made crucial saves to deny Ghana the win.

Kayieko was called to action in the 27th minute with a full stretch on the edge of the D-area to after a nice move by the Ghanaian which beat Kenya's defense but Kayieko easily parried the ball out to help Kenya go to the break with the scores tied 0-0.

Kenya pushed the match after the breather and Nairobi Simba marauding forward, Davis Wanangwe shook the net in the in the 46th minute, a goal that sent cheers at the City Parks.

The home team gained more confidence as Ghana retreated back to the defense line, only making calculative move, possibly on a counter attack. Kenya’s backline never broke. Kenya defence restructured when Senge then pulled out a clearly tired Wilson Odhiambo grounding captain Richard Birir at the back with Odhiambo playing deep.

Kenneth Nyongesa was sent out for five minutes following a yellow card pusishment which resulted from a faul, just outside the Kenyan D-area.

Ghana too were reduced after Ebenezer Frimpong was also sent to the bin with a yellow card and the hosts took the advantage, advancing forward with a move started by Wanangwe (Davis) who released Barnabas Odhiambo on the right and a one-two exchange between the two resulted on a penalty shot after Wanagwe was brought down in the D-area.

Constant Wakhuri slotted home in the 59th minute to hand the country their first win. Kenya will meet South Africa in the next match Thursday. Wednesday is a rest day.

Tanzania women out of contention

Tanzania’s hockey lessons carried on as they soaked up 13 goals and managed to score one against the Kenyans just hours after an18-0 humiliation by Ghana on the opening day.

Maragaret Rotich and Pauline Naise each scored a treble for Kenya while Jackline Jow, Pauline Amutebi and Audrey Amooh hit a brace that virtually knock outed Tanzania from the competition.

Lillian Aura scored her second goal of the tournament when slotting in Kenya's third in the 11th minute. Other scorers were AnitaAgunda (26), captain Betsy Omalla (35), Barabar Simiyu (38), Caroline Guchu (55), Audrey (53,57).

Ghana holds RSA

Ghana came from behind to force a rare 1-1 draw with highly rated South Africa in the second match Tuesday.

South Africa went ahead through Evans Cecilia who hit the board in the 26th minute but Elizabeth Opoku beat the opponents' defence on a counter attack to slot in in the 52nd minute after rounding off goalkeeper, Britz Tanya.

South Africa's captain, Keet Marcelle who marked her 100th cup for her country termed the result 'disappointing.

"The result is disappointing. Am not happy with the draw,"said Mercelle who has her eyes set on the 2014 World Cup and the Commonwealth games.

Osei Boakye, Ghanaian coach was delighted with the one point which he believes will send them to the finals.

"The game wasn't easy, we used all our resources but am very happy because that draw will definitely push us to the finals" said Boakye who will next play Kenya Wednesday, a match he predicted will be tough for both teams.

"It is not easy play a home team with fans behind them, that game will very tough," predicted Bpakye. South Africa men, won their second straight match after beating Egypt 6-1.

Egypt had beaten Kenya 3-2 in the opening match Monday. While Kenya has been preparing for the past one year, their next opponent, South Africa never trained together with most players flying directly to Kenya from their clubs abroad.

Captain Austine Smith who plies his trade with Netherlands HC Den Bosch scored his 33rd goal in their 6-1 demolition against Egypt.

Smith, 28 who made his international debut for South Africa in 2004 at just 18 earned his 126th cap and the captain has predicted a tough match against Kenya even though South Africa has one leg in the finals. Smith and Norris Jones both scored a brace while Paton Tain and Jean Pierre De Voux hit the board once. Egypt scored the consolation through Hassan Mohamed.