April 14, 2024

Heads high for Blades as they scoop Bronze in South Africa

Heads high for Blades as they scoop Bronze in South Africa
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While the girls left a mark in South Africa, their male counterparts finished sixth after losing 4-3 to Nigeria in the 5/6 playoff game.

The national women's hockey team, Blades exited the African Olympic Qualifiers heads high after scooping bronze following their 3-1 win over Ghana in the playoff match played at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

The two teams had to battle for the bronze medal after losing their semifinals encounters and consequently, lost the chance to fight for the sole Olympic ticket on offer.

Kenya surprisingly lost 1-0 to losing finalists Nigeria while Ghana were handed heavy hockey lessons by champions South Africa who won 7-0.

In the playoff, Kenya converted from the sole penalty corner awarded through Caroline Guchu and added two field goals through Eleanor Chebet and Naomi Kemunto.

Ghana got their consolation through Bervis Mavis who struck home from a short corner. Mavis was on target twice against the Kenyan girls in the group stage game that Ghana lost 3-2.

While the girls left a mark in South Africa, their male counterparts finished sixth after losing 4-3 to Nigeria in the 5/6 playoff game.

 

Meanwhile, the South African men beat Egypt 2-1 in the final to book a ticket to next year's Olympic Games set for Paris.

Despite the loss, Egypt will have a second chance in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers set for January in Valencia Spain.

They will battle for the remaining slots with Belgium, Spain, Korea, Ireland, Japan, Austria and Ukraine, Great Britain and Malaysia in Pool A.

Pool B matches will be played in Oman and will feature: Great Britain, Germany, New Zealand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Canada, Chile and China.

A similar tournament will be held in India where women's teams' from Germany, New Zealand, Chile, United States, Italy and Czech Republic will contest for slots in Pool B.

Pool A matches will be held in Valencia and will have: Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Korea, Ireland, Canada, Malaysia and Ukraine.

Top 3 teams of each of the four FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024 tournaments will Seal their qualifications to Paris.