Kenya bounce back with win over Ghana

Kenya bounce back with win over Ghana

Kenya bounce back with win over Ghana

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National men hockey team sent the city park stadium into frenzy with a 2-0 win over Ghana in the ongoing Africa cup of nations on Tuesday afternoon.

Dreaded forward Davis Wanangwe sent in a powerful drag from Kenya’s second short corner while defender Constant Wakhuria scored the second from the penalty spot after Ghana defender brought down Davis in the last 10 minutes.

Kenya needed to bounce back from Monday's unlucky 3-2 loss to Egypt at the same venue on day one of the competition.

Kenya coach Meshack Senge started the long serving Kenya one James Kayieko of Kenya police in goal replacing upcoming Linus Sang whom was blamed by some quarters for 'easy goals' conceded  against Egypt. Kayieko was by far the man of the match on the day as he kept Kenya in the match when the Ghanaian nationals piled more pressure.

An acrobatic save, two one on ones and two stops from short corners meant Kenya went to the break with stalemate.

In the second period, the Wanangwe brothers Frank and Davis were a constant threat to opposition defenders. Davis’ calculated speedy runs and dribbles almost gave Kenya the opener following Allan Iningu’s expertly controlled ball from Barnabas Odhiambo’s short corner in the 55th minute.

With the win, Kenya moved to second position in the championships ahead of Egypt and Ghana. South Africa are top with maximum points from two matches.

Wednesday will be rest day with last group matches set to resume on Thursday where Kenya will face South Africa.

“We had no option but win for the team,” explained keeper Kayieko after the match, “Yesterday we were unlucky. The fans go home happier.” added the happy Pilot.

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