Kenya taken back to hockey school by SA

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 30, 2015
  • Rachel Njogu was one of the players coach Jos Openda started with against South Africa.

Reality dawned on the Kenya women's hockey team following a 12-0 drubbing by South Africa in a the Olympic qualifier on Thursday at the Randburg Hockey Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This was the first major test for Kenya after seemngly easy matches against Namibia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania. With the loss, Kenya dropped to third place with nine points from four matches.

South Africa is on top of the seven teams table with 12 points same to Ghana who also have 12 points from four matches.

Although coach Jos Openda put up his strongest XI for the match by fielding Terry Masibo, Betsy Ommala, Yvonne Karanja, Caroline Njoki, Audrey Omaido, Tracy Karanja, Flavia Mutiva and Gilly Okumu among others, they barely threatened South Africa.

The teams seemed to be evenly matched in the opening minutes with Kenya not giving too much away but the game was practically over at halftime with the home side 7-0 up.

The first goal came courtesy of a Lillian du Plessis drag-flick while Bernadette Coston added the first of her three goals with a deflection before Du Plessis added her second, this one coming in open play. Dirkie Chamberlain added a field goal of her own before Candice Manuel scored a quick fire hattrick before the halftime hooter.

The tempo seemed to wane slightly in the second half with possession changing hands a number of times but barring one or two progressive attacks by the Kenyans the home side was untroubled throughout.

Coston added her second and then third, with Chamberlain netting with a deflection before Celia Evans scored from a short-corner to make it 11-0. South Africa had one final opportunity to score just as the hooter sounded as they were awarded a penalty corner which Du Plessis duly slotted to round off her hattrick.

Kenya have a chance to bounce back when they take on Ghana on Friday (today) at the same venue.

Results

Women October 29: Zimbabwe 1 Namibia 2, Tanzania 0 Nigeria 10, South Africa 12 Kenya 0; Men: South Africa 11 Namibia 0, Zimbabwe 2 Ghana 4. Fixtures Women October 30: Zimbabwe v Nigeria, Ghana v Kenya, South Africa v Tanzania ; Men: 7th-9th Place Botswana v Tanzania.