Kenyan teams continued their poor run in the hockey Africa Cup of Nations when both the men’s and women’s teams lost their second consecutive matches to Ghana and Egypt respectively.
After going down to Ghana (men) and South Africa (women) in their opening matches in Ismailia, Egypt on Sunday, both teams were seeking wins to revive their hopes of reaching the next round but the losses once again make it difficult for them to also qualify for the World Cup in 2018.
Telkom Orange’s Caroline Guchu had put the Kenyan women ahead in the 29th minute through a brilliant team move with coach Wilson Otieno applying a more defensive approach with the intentions of limiting the damage while hoping for a positive outcome.
Captain Lillian Aura was then denied the opportunity to make runs from her central spot while forward Pauline Naise was tightly marked. With that achieved, Ghana piled pressure and almost in every space they had a player to get the ball.
The possession and positional play was near effective for Kenya but their biggest undoing was carrying the ball for too long only to get careless upfront.
The third quarter was a real fight as Kenya wanted to protect their lead while Ghana were stepping up their game for an equaliser. The west Africans were rewarded when defender Bockaye Serwa’s good run saw her score for Ghana in the 51st minute with Nafisatu Maru’s short corner goal in the 54th minute ended Kenya’s hopes of victory.
Meanwhile, the men’s team also got trounced by pool leaders Egypt, losing 4-1. The North Africans started in ruthless fashion, scoring two quick fire goals through Ahmed Elnaggar and Amr Elhaddy inside five minutes.