Ghana champions Exchequers moved to the top of Pool A after beating Uganda’s Wananchi Hockey Club 6-1 on Monday at the City Park Stadium.
They share the lead at the top with Kenya Police and Egypt’s Eastern Company who have one match in hand.
Exchequers dominated the start and scored two goals to settle their nerves although Innocent Mbabali did a sterling job in Wananchi’s defense containing speedy striker Kemevor Selrom throughout the match.
The Ugandan side was equally strong as they approached the end of the first half with Kenyan International Neville Mulupi missing a golden opportunity which could have brought his side back to the game.
The Kenyan dependable defender was forced to play up-front to bring more attacking options for his side.
Compared to their previous match against Weatherhead, the Ghanian side’s midfield was not as efficient. Their the midfield duo of captain Emmanuel Ankomah and Joseph Ampoe were not able to deal with the resilient Wananchi midfielders.
Wananchi’s midfielder Francis Yoningom was denied an open goal by Simon Dontoh the West African goalkeeper who proved to be one of the best in the big stage event.
In the 43rd minute of the match Wananchi were awarded a penalty stroke after defender Alex Asante carelessly handled speedy midfielder Derrick Akuwa in the red zone. Kevin Chimwani converted.
Exchequers maintained the tempo
Exchequers maintained the tempo and scored their fourth goal in the 45th minute through Ankomah who beat Richard Kaijuka with a well-executed drag flick.
The Ugandan goalkeeper turned to be the star man of the match with many brilliant saves as Exchequer’s lethal striker Elorm Akaba failed to beat him in a series of attacks the highlight being in the 49th minute when the Wananchis shotstopper made a nice diving save to deny Joseph Appiah.
Wananchi won the mid-field exchanges with Emmanuel Owani, the towering midfielder controlling the proceedings with nice tackles and perfect distribution of balls.
He paired well with Kevin Chimwani a Kampala based Kenyan midfielder who was at his best compared to the previous match which they lost to Kenya Police.
Exchequers’ captain Ankomah was the highlight man of the match as he completed his brace in the last five minutes of the match by getting past Dennis Okende, the Wananchi defender to beat the Ugandan goalkeeper with a reverse shot.
Other goalscores in the match were Elorm Akaba and Selorm Kemevor.
Other matches for the day were an early kickoff between Ghana Revenue Authority and Dar Ladies which ended 11-0 in favour of the West African champions. They have scored a total of 21 goals in two matches.
Nigerian side Niger Flickers displayed a nice game as they fought Egyptian side Sharkia in the last match of the day, the West African side led for thebetter part of the match until in the closing minutes when the Egyptians equalised.
They scored the winner in the dying minutes.
Men: Butali Sugar Warriors 3 Ghana Police 1, Exchequers 6 Wananchi 1, Niger Flickers 1 Sharkia 2.
Women: Ghana Revenue Authority 11 Dar Ladies 0, Sliders 1 Kada Queens 6, Sharkia 0 Telkom Orange 5
Men: Wananchi vs Weatherhead ( 8.15 a.m), Sharkia vs Kenya Police ( 12.45 p.m), Kenya Police vs Eastren Company (5.15 p.m).
Women: Weatherhead vs Telkom Orange (10.30 a.m), Heartlands vs Ghana Police (3.00 p.m), Dar Ladies vs Wananchi ( 7.30 p.m).