As the Africa Cup of Nations hockey championships enter day four, Team Kenya has a tough job today in the Egyptian city of Ismailia. Both the men and women teams are staring at imminent ejection from the tournament following what has been a far from convincing outing to date. To this point, a combined 15 goals have been conceded by the duo against a paltry five goals scored.
The matches this afternoon thus offer a chance for the squads to implement a better strategy to survive against the heavy tides. The Kenyan men in particular are in a precarious position as they face the steamrolling South Africans who have netted 14 goals and are second in the log. Meshack Senge’s charges have only scored three goals so far against eight conceded.
Their lone win was against Nigeria last Friday where they won by 2-1. South Africa have a +4 points difference over their opponents of the day as they look to dislodge table topping Egypt who also have similar number of points albeit on a superior goal difference.
There is an urgent call for a bigger sense of responsibility for Kenya which has many talented call ups but also a chunk of experience as well. However for the ladies’ side, Kenya seems fancied against a surprisingly poor Egypt in today’s 1500hrs duel.
Even though they are third in the standings with a score aggregate of -5, their counterparts are faring no better. It is an opportunity for Coach Wilson Otieno to crucially work more on the possession and chance execution elements which has cost his team a great deal so far.
The Pharaohs’ on their part have conceded a mammoth 18 goals and are at the basement of the pool with a solitary point. As hosts, the red shirts are under extreme pressure to deliver given the fact that out of three past matches in this competition they are winless.