Yobe Queens plotted the only blip in an otherwise flawless run by Extinguishers in the women’s campaign at the ongoing African Cup for Club Championship, executed it to perfection and earned a point for their troubles.
The draw does Yobe a world of good as they could leapfrog Reformers and Orange to third place in the final round of the round-robin. The Nigerian club, now apt to be called draw specialists, are currently fifth on the log with three points from three drawn games.
Extinguishers now lead the ladies pool on ten points and remain hot favorites for the title regardless of the fact that Heartland are closing in on them with nine points.
Like their compatriots, Heartland played with renewed vigor after a day’s rest to claim an ‘Orange’ scalp. Justina Onyachim grabbed the opener for Heartland in the 19th minute and the Nigerians walked into the recess 1-0 leaders. Orange scored the equalizer in the 66th minute but were to be denied a point in the final minute as Obiefula Oluchi sealed a 2-1 win for Heartland.
Orange now lie fourth on the league table with four points and need a win in their next match to usher themselves into the medal zone.
Earlier in the day, Reformers and Sharkia drew a blank in their game. Reformers are placed third on the six-team table with Sharkia firmly rooted at the bottom of the pool with a solitary point.
Here are the standings after match day five:
W D L GD PTS
Extinguishers (GHA) 3 1 - +11 10
Heartland (NGR) 3 - 1 +8 9
Reformers (GHA) 1 2 1 -2 5
Orange (KEN) 1 1 2 +3 4
Yobe Desert Queens (NGR) - 3 1 -5 3
Sharkia Ladies (EGY) - 1 3 -15 1
Points for a win: 3
Points for a draw: 1
Points for a loss: 0
Ghana Hockey has a new website which is following all of the action from the ACCC. To see it, please visit www.ghanahockey.org.
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