Egypt stops Kenya's Rio Olympics charge, Women through to second round

By elvince joshua
Sep 07, 2021
  • Kenya Audrey Omaido dribbles past Tanzania Flora Chigoma and Hassan Kidawa.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Once again, it was a case of too- close-yet-too-far at the City Park Hockey stadium after the national men's hockey team crashed out of the road to Rio 2016 Olympics after failing 2-1 to Egypt in a World League One tie.

In less than a year, Kenya has lost to Egypt twice. First it was the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which also acted as a World Championships qualifiers last November then now the pre-Olympic event that would have granted them passage to the second round of World League (Africa Olympic qualifier) two which will be hosted in South Africa next February.

The hosts’ inability to convert chances was evident in this match with the team largely dependent on midfielders to score goals.

Kenya was missing up to four forwards and even though coach Meshack Senge played down their absence before the start of this tournament, Kenya's weakness was expose with their inability to score goal.

Despite facing a strong side without their best forwards the lack of incentives before and during this tournament could have also weighed on the team following in the wake of slashed allowances by the Kenya Hockey Union hours on the opening day of the event, last Friday.

Said Hamoud put Egypt ahead with just a minute to the break following a defensive error. Amir doubled Egypt’s lead in the 49th minute with Brian Saina scoring the consolation in the dying minutes.

Women's qualify for second round

But while many fans would be disheartened by the performance of the masculine side, the women's team booked a ticket to the second round of the World League with a resounding win 22-0 over Tanzania in a one sided clash.

This was Tanzania's biggest loss in this tournament meaning they conceded 39 goals in two matches having lost 17-0 to Ghana last Friday.

Tanzania are yet to score a goal at the continental stage where since their debut last year at the Africa Cup of Nations/World Championship qualifiers staged in Nairobi. Germany bound Pauline Naise scored five goals with Tracy Wanjala Slotting four while Margaret Rotich, Captain Betsy Ommala and Jackline Jow, Anita Agunda each bagged a brace.

Ghana who lost their second match to Kenya Saturday bounced back to drub Tanzania (men) 13-0 in yet another match which served as part of their introduction to international competition for the East Africans.