NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya’s hockey teams finally registered a victory in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, to save face following a rocky start to the regional competition in Ismailia, Egypt.
Nigeria’s men and women’s teams were the victims of the wounded Kenyan sides who had lost their opening two matches of the championships.
The men’s team came from behind to beat Nigeria 2-1 while the women’s team recorded a 1-0 win over the same opponents on day four of the continental competition at the Suez Canal Authority Hockey Stadium.
“It could have been catastrophic to end the championships without a victory, the opening two defeats did destabilise the team,” Meshack Senge, the national men head coach said after the victory on Wednesday evening.
The coach said it was all about playing for pride after the team’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s world cup went up in smoke following the opening two defeats to Ghana and Egypt.
“Maybe we should have won by a bigger margin since Nigeria lost 13-1 to hosts Egypt which was followed by an 8-1 humiliation to champions South Africa,” Senge added.
For the women’s national team, Pauline Naise scored the winning goal in the closing minutes of the encounter to hand Kenya her first victory.
The women’s team, who lost 5-0 to South Africa and 2-1 to Ghana, will play Egypt while the men take on champions South Africa in their last individual encounters on Saturday.