Penalty corner ace Mahmoud Mamdouh produced a staggering goal-scoring display at the men’s Greenfields African Hockey Championships 2015 on Sunday as Egypt (FIH World Ranking: 20) made a huge statement in their first match in Randburg, Johannesburg in South Africa.
Mamdouh netted five penalty corner drag-flick goals only three minutes 25 seconds apart in the first quarter against Pool B opponents Tanzania (World Ranking:73), adding another three in the final quarter to finish with an eight goal haul as Egypt recorded a 22-0 victory.
Nine different players got their names on the score-sheet, with Mohamed Edris, Ahmed Elnaggar, team captain Amr Elhady and Mostafa Mansour all grabbing doubles with Amr Sayed, Ahmed Mohsen, Mohamed Nasr, Ashram Said, Amr Ibrahim and Hamada Atef also on target.
The quality of Egypt’s performance - and that of prolific set-piece expert Mamdouh in particular - will have sent out a strong message that they are serious contenders to claim both the title and that greatly desired ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
It was also a good day for Kenya (World Ranking: 39), who kicked off their Pool B campaign with a 3-1 win over Nigeria.
The Nigerians took the lead in the 21st minute when Kish Victor scored within 60 seconds of entering the field as a substitute, but Kenya drew level on the stroke of half time thanks to Maxwell Wakhungu’s penalty corner.
Samuel Wokila put the Kenyans ahead just after the break with Brian Saina finishing the scoring in the final minute of the match.
The action at the men’s Greenfields African Hockey Championships 2015 continues on Monday 26 October with matches being played in both Pools.
In Pool A, second placed Ghana will be looking to add another three points to those collected in their opening match against Namibia when they face bottom-of-the-table Botswana.
Victory for Namibia over Zimbabwe would move them level on points with pool leaders South Africa having played a game more.
In Pool B, the two winners from Sunday’s matches meet when Egypt take on Kenya.
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Pool B: Kenya 3, Nigeria 1; Egypt 22, Tanzania 0.
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