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Kenya women & Egypt men make their mark in Nairobi

September 8, 2014
Hockey World League Round 1 - Nairobi, Kenya (Men & Women)

Kenya delighted the home fans by claiming victory in the women’s event at the Hockey World League Round 1 tournament in Nairobi. The host nation earned wins against Ghana and Tanzania to book a ticket into Round 2, with the men of Egypt cruising to victory in the men’s competition. 

Ghana, placed 31 in the FIH World Rankings, came into the women’s competition as the top ranked team and showed their quality on the opening day by cruising to a 17-0 win against minnows Tanzania (WR: 46). However, it was the 44th ranked Kenyans who would emerge as tournament winners thanks mainly to a richly deserved 1-0 triumph over Ghana on Saturday (6 September).  Jacqueline Jow Wangeci scored the only goal of the game in the 26th minute, giving her team a famous victory over a side that sits 13 places above them in the rankings table. 

Kenya’s tournament success was confirmed on Sunday (7 September) courtesy of a 22-0 triumph over Tanzania. Pauline Naise Amitebi netted seven times in the match, ensuring that she finished the competition as tournament top scorer. To find out more information about the women’s tournament in Nairobi, click here

Egypt dominated the men’s tournament from start to finish, claiming wins in all three of their matches to move into Round 2. 

The Egyptians (WR: 22) came into the tournament as clear favourites thanks to being 20 ranking positions ahead of nearest rivals Ghana. It was a tag that they lived up to, although they were certainly given a run for their money in this event. The Egyptians found themselves trailing 2-1 at half time in Friday’s opening match against Ghana (5th September), but second half goals from Ahmed Elnaggar and Mohamed Hassan ensured that they started the tournament with a victory. 

That result was followed by a comfortable 17-0 win over Hockey World League debutants Tanzania on Saturday before they faced Kenya in a winner-takes-all clash on Sunday. Kenya came into the game with five points on the board having crushed Tanzania 8-0 and edged out Ghana in a shoot-out when the match finished 1-1. 

Despite this, it was the classy Egyptians who proved themselves to be deserving tournament winners thanks to a 2-1 victory. Amr Sayed netted goals either side of half time from Amr Sayed gave Egypt a two goal lead before a Brian Saina strike 16 minutes from time set up a tense finale. However, Egypt held on to claim all three points and seal a berth in the second phase of the Hockey World League. 

Ghana’s Johnny Botsio and Ayman Khalil of Egypt finished as the joint highest scorers in the tournament, with both players netting four goals apiece. 

To find out more information about the men’s tournament in Nairobi including results, scorers and tables, click here

The winning teams at all of the Hockey World League Round 1 events are guaranteed a place in Round 2 of the Hockey World League, where they will be joined by a number of the highest-placed finishers from the Round 1 tournaments. Round 2 will also see the introduction of the teams placed from 12 to 19 in the FIH World Rankings with the sides ranked 1 to 11 starting their journey in Round 3, where tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as well as qualification for the Finals tournament are up for grabs.  

To learn more about the second edition of the Hockey World League, click here.

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