Kenya teams settle for Bronze in AFCON

By elvince joshua
Nov 23, 2013
  • Kenya Betsy Omalla in action against Tanzania's Selemani Khadua.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

The two Kenya national Hockey teams finished third in their respective categories after beating Tanzania 11-0 and Ghana 4-1 respectively in the Africa Cup of nations play offs on Friday at City Park Hockey stadium.

The home fans were treated to some entertaining games after a disappointing outing on Thursday where Kenya lost all her matches against South Africa (men) and Ghana (women) to crash out of the final.

South Africa men and will women will play Egypt and Ghana in the men's and women's finals respectively on Saturday and both winners in each category will represent Africa in the 2014 World Cup in the Netherlands.South Africa men and Egypt women are tipped to win the titles.

Tanzania loss means they left the tournament with the highest number of conceded goals, 67 in total.

The neighbors lost 13-1 to Kenya in the preliminary matches after 25-0 defeats against South Africa and 18-0 to Ghana.

Kenya beat 11-0 in the the third and fourth play off.Margaret Rotich grabbed, Caroline Guchu and Jackline Jow both hit a treble for Kenya in the 11-0 win over Tanzania while Anita Agunda scored a brace to help Kenya finish the games on a high note.

Exposure lacking, Kenya captain

Barbara Simiyu, Jackline Jow, Pauline Naise and Guchu also registered their names on the score sheets.

"We need more international matches to help players get the exposure. We need to go out as a country and get that needed experience," said Kenya's captain, Betsy Omalla.

Tanzanian coach Valentina Quarata said her side came to the match with little experience but was optimistic the team has gained alot from the exposure.

"You know Hockey is not up there with other sports like football and rugby, there is no much support from coporate. We need to start building the structure right from youth level up to the senior level," said Quarata.

Kenya beat Ghana again HC Superba's Bernabas Odhiambo scored a brace to help Kenya beat Ghana for the second time in the competition which ends Saturday.

Odhiambo scored two goals while Frank Wanangwe and George Mutira scored the other two goals.

In Saturday's finals, South Africa will play Ghana in the women's clash at 12 noon while their men (South Africa) will entertain Egypt at 4.30pm.