Tanzania men’s team put their previous three losses behind them as they scored three goals and consigned Botswana to ninth place in the Greenfields African Hockey Championships being held in Randburg, Johannesburg in South Africa.
The team ranked 73rd in the world didn’t make it easy for themselves as they finished the match with just eight players on the pitch, but the players will savour their first win of the competition.
This was a sparkling display by Tanzania who will be heartened to see their team working in such unison. The goals came from Deep Visran, who opened the scoring in the 18th minute following some good attacking play.
The lead was doubled five minutes before the half-time break when Sultan Issa took advantage of some poor defending by Botswana.
However their opponents kept their own hopes of a first win alive when Edward Nyasha Ngara scored from a penalty corner in the 45th minute, but Castro Mayuma was able to seal the win for Tanzania when he scored from open play in the 55th minute.
Tanzania’s final few minutes were nervy ones as they had three players dismissed within a two minute period, but despite only having eight players on the pitch, the taste of victory was always going to be too sweet for Tanzania to let slip, and Mufadel Abdeali kept his cool and marshalled his defence through a tense two minutes of play.
Tanzania will now face Namibia on Sunday to decide who takes seventh spot.
The men’s competition hots up tomorrow as Egypt take on Ghana and South Africa face Kenya in the competition Semi-Finals to decide who will contest the gold medal.
In the other match of the day, Zimbabwe play Nigeria to decide 5/6th place.
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Tanzania 3, Botswana 1.