In the end what was expected to be an arduous battle became a comfortable victory for Egyptian giants Sharkia as they thumped Trustees 4-1 to win the African Cup for Club Championship for an unprecedented nineteenth time.
Rather uncharacteristic of the Egyptian team who are unparalleled with regards to converting penalty corner, all four goals by Sharkia in the final were field goals.
Forward Waleed Mahmoud began the rout in the sixth minute, paving the way for a tactically astute display by the champions which gave Trustees minimal playing time. Sharkia’s second came through Hassan Mohammed on the stroke of halftime. Waleed was to ruffle Trustees again two minutes into the second period before Ezaat Gobran made gold a certainty for Sharkia with a fiftieth minute goal.
Trustees only managed to save face by tucking away a penalty corner after fifty-five minutes of play, having wasted several of such penalty corners earlier in the game. Jonnie Botsio was the scorer of that consolation goal.
In the Ladies’ final match, Extinguishers settled for silver as Nigerian club Heartland put up a disciplined challenge to win their fifth African Cup for Club Championship title.
Playing in front of a home crowd Extinguishers started the ladies final clash on a confident note and surged into the lead through the incredible stick work of leading scorer, Rachael Bamfo in the nineteenth minute.
Heartland equalized in the 38th minute from a well converted penalty corner by Justina Onyadum.
Extinguishers were to recover their lead in the fifty-seventh minute when Ramatu Abass scored from a penalty stroke, but not for long. Heartland’s equalizer came two minutes later; a field goal by Chinyere Nnanna.
The next nine minutes produced an uncompromising duel between the sides until Christiana Bulus struck home the match winner from a penalty corner in the sixty-eighth minute.
The chase for the bronze medal was won by Police Union of Egypt who beat the university team from Strathmore by three goals to one. Goal king Adnan Sayeed hit a hat trick for the Egyptians and Strathmore could only redeem one through Allan Iningu from a penalty corner.
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