June 23, 2024

Strathmore dim Africa title hopes with Army Draw

Strathmore dim Africa title hopes with Army Draw
Lynne Kipsang (L) of Strathmore University take on Linda Taylor of Army Ladies of Ghana

The Army Ladies drew first blood in the 48th minute through Charity Akoto’s penalty corner but Diana Bariti restored parity in the 59th minute through a penalty corner.

The Kenyan National women hockey champions Strathmore University Scorpions’ chances of clinching the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup for Club Champions trophy may all be up in smoke after they drew 1-1 with Ghanian side Army Ladies in an entertaining fixture played at the City Park Hockey Stadium, Nairobi on Thursday.

Strathmore coach Senge who recently guided the team to lifting the local crown bemoaned his team’s lack of concentration during the opening stages of the match as the main cause of them dropping crucial points.

The Army Ladies drew first blood in the 48th minute through Charity Akoto’s penalty corner but Diana Bariti restored parity in the 59th minute through a penalty corner.

Senge however remained optimistic that a podium finish is within reach “I’m disappointed with the results but happy that the girls had a better match today compared to their previous match against compatriots and rivals Blazers formerly Telkom.” He said.

“We had missed chances but atleast the players showed maturity and the mental strength after one player Dominic Kremer picked a forward injury in the third quarter.” he said.

 

Strathmore currently lie in fifth place from a seven team event with four points and will play Delta Queens from Nigeria on Friday.

Army Ladies coach Tylor Patrick decried poor officiating saying the equalizer should not

have stood, “We will go back to the drawing board and hopefully we finish the event at a better place. The experience has been good but also it has taught us how to manage fatigue.” He said.