NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya men’s and women’s hockey teams continued with their disappointing start to the Africa Cup of Nations after registering their second consecutive loss on Monday.
While the ladies’ team went down 1-2 to Ghana, their male counterparts felt the full wrath of hosts Egypt who handed them a 4-1 hiding at the Suez Canal Authority Hockey Stadium.
Both teams began the tournament on the wrong foot on Sunday with the men losing 0-3 to Ghana while the ladies were spanked 5-0 by defending champions South Africa.
Women’s coach Wilson Otieno was gutted by his side’s calamitous defending that saw them give away a 1-0 lead at half time allowing Ghana to find their way back into the game through strikes from Serwaa Boakye and Nafisatu Umrau in the second half.
“We had a chance to win the match but failed to kill the match when we took the lead. We were made to pay with Ghana coming back stronger in the second half and finally winning,” Otieno said.
Kenya have a rest day on Tuesday before taking on Nigeria in the third match on Wednesday while Ghana take on Egypt.
For Meshack Senge’s men side, they were no match to the hosts who stormed to a 3-0 lead at half time after goals from Ahmed Elnaggar, Amr Elhady and Houssam Ghobran.
George Mutira scored the consolation shortly after the restart before Ahemd Gamal settled the tie as a contest with Egypt’s fourth. Men’s champions South Africa hit Nigeria 8-1 in an earlier match.
Kenya take on Nigeria in their next match on Wednesday as they look to win their first match of the tourney.