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Telkom Revved Up To Defend Africa Hockey Crown

NAIROBI, Kenya-Africa Women’s Hockey Club Champions Telkom Kenya are keen on maintaining their 100 per cent record as they continue with their quest to defend their title with two group matches remaining.

Telkom are not fazed by the stern challenge posed by GRA Women and Police Club who are potential banana skins at the tournament going down at the Theodosiah Okoh Stadium in Accra, Ghana.

On Monday, the Kenya Hockey Union Premier League champions walloped KADA Queens from Nigeria 3-0 to make it three wins in a row after burying Yobe Desert Queens also of Nigeria (5-0) before edging out local rivals Strathmore University Scorpions 1-0.

Working hard

“With the exception of Strathmore where we failed to make use of our chances, we have been clinical. The girls are aware that we are only three matches away from retaining our title.

“I’m certain they are working hard towards that,” Openda said on Tuesday.

The tactician said the remaining two round-robin matches against the two teams from Ghana will be tougher for the nine-time champions.

“Teams playing in front of their home fans tend to play better so they have a slight advantage. But we will stick to our game plan of playing to win,” Openda added.

The record 20-time Kenyan champions are top of the standings with nine points, three ahead of Ghana’s GRA women.

The Telkom boss will once again rely on evergreen Jackine Wangeci who is Telkom’s top scorer in the continental tourney.

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