Kenya and Ghana both made it two wins from two at the women’s Greenfields African Hockey Championships 2015, while South Africa made a massive statement of intent with a big victory on day two of the Olympic qualification event.
Goals from Teresa Nekesa Juma and Audrey Omaido gave Kenya (FIH World Ranking: 37) a 2-0 triumph over Zimbabwe (World Ranking: 55), a result which moved them to the top of the standings having claimed a maximum six points from the two round-robin matches that they have played so far.
42-year-old Nekesa Juma found the target with a penalty corner five minutes into the game, with Audrey Omaido’s 25th minute field goal sealing all three points over a Zimbabwe team that were comprehensive 9-0 winners over Tanzania in their opening match on Friday.
Ghana (World Ranking: 31) claimed their second win of the tournament with a narrow 1-0 win over Namibia. The only goal of the game arrived with seven minutes left to play, with Nafisatu Umaru scoring a crucial penalty corner to break the deadlock and maintain Ghana’s winning start.
Lilian du Plessis scored five times as host nation South Africa (World Ranking: 11) started their tournament with a sparkling 15-0 win over Nigeria (World Ranking: 53).
Jade Mayne hit a hat-trick, with Bernie Coston (2), Toni Marks (2), Lisa-Marie Deetlefs and Candice Manuel also on target as the reigning champions made clear their title ambitions.
Sunday is a rest day in the women’s competition, with the round-robin action resuming on Monday when Ghana will be looking to maintain their winning form when they face Zimbabwe. That match is followed by Kenya versus Tanzania before host nation South Africa play Namibia in the final match of the day.
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Kenya 2, Zimbabwe 0; Ghana 1, Namibia 0; South Africa 15, Nigeria 0.