Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Africa Club Champions trophy (ladies) formerly held by Kenyas Orange Telkom

In the end what was expected to be an arduous battle became a comfortable victory for Egyptian giants Sharkia as they thumped Trustees 4-1  to win the African Cup for Club Championship for an unprecedented nineteenth time.

Rather uncharacteristic of the Egyptian team who are unparalleled with regards to converting penalty corner, all four goals by Sharkia in the final were field goals.

Forward Waleed Mahmoud began the rout in the sixth minute, paving the way for a tactically astute display by the champions which gave Trustees minimal playing time. Sharkia’s second came through Hassan Mohammed on the stroke of halftime. Waleed was to ruffle Trustees again two minutes into the second period before Ezaat Gobran made gold a certainty for Sharkia with a fiftieth minute goal.

Trustees only managed to save face by tucking away a penalty corner after fifty-five minutes of play, having wasted several of such penalty corners earlier in the game. Jonnie Botsio was the scorer of that consolation goal.

In the Ladies’ final match, Extinguishers settled for silver as Nigerian club Heartland put up a disciplined challenge to win their fifth African Cup for Club Championship title.

Playing in front of a home crowd Extinguishers started the ladies final clash on a confident note and surged into the lead through the incredible stick work of leading scorer, Rachael Bamfo in the nineteenth minute.

Heartland equalized in the 38th minute from a well converted penalty corner by Justina Onyadum.

Extinguishers were to recover their lead in the fifty-seventh minute when Ramatu Abass scored from a penalty stroke, but not for long. Heartland’s equalizer came two minutes later; a field goal by Chinyere Nnanna.

Strathmore vs Trustees

The next nine minutes produced an uncompromising duel between the sides until Christiana Bulus struck home the match winner from a penalty corner in the sixty-eighth minute.

The chase for the bronze medal was won by Police Union of Egypt who beat the university team from Strathmore by three goals to one. Goal king Adnan Sayeed hit a hat trick for the Egyptians and Strathmore could only redeem one through Allan Iningu from a penalty corner.

OrangeTelkom Orange on Monday night lost their Africa Cup Club championship hockey title when they went down 1-2 to Heartland from Nigeria at the National Hockey Stadium in Accra, Ghana.

For the third consecutive time, Telkom Orange forward line of ageless players failed to click while their defense crumbled to concede to a last minute goal and blow away their title hopes.

Earlier on, Telkom Orange drew 1-1 with Nigeria’s Yobe Queens before losing to Extinguishers from Ghana  1-2 after they also fell prey to last minutes goals in addition to many lost opportunities.

Carol Guchu exhibited some individual brilliance to float a beautiful cross from the right wing which Jackline Atieno connected for an equalizer with four minutes to full time.  A draw could have given the Kenyans some hopes to their title defense but failed to cover their last lines.  Oluchi Obiefula  was to blast in the match winner  on the stroke of full time. Justina Oyadum had given the Nigerians the lead in the 19th minutes when their strikers made a joke of Telkom Orange’s defense with ease break.

On the same night, unbeaten and title favourites Extinguishers extended their lead to 10 points with a vital 1-1 draw with Yobe Queens from Nigeria.  They now prepare to meet Heartland, who are placed second with nine points in the grand final on Saturday. However, they have to meet first in their today’s last league match.

Telkom Orange, who are placed fourth with four points, and could face Reformers (Ghana), who are fifth with five points for bronze play-offs.

Coach Joseph Openda promised an overhaul of the team following the disastrous play especially by his strikers.

Strathmore University were due for a showdown with Golden Sticks yesterday night before meeting Egypt Police tomorrow and Niger Flickers on Thursday.  They must win all the matches to have hopes of making to the final.

TRustees of Ghana top their league with 10 points followed by SHarkia 7, Police 6, Golden Sticks and Niger Flickers four. Strathmore are with three points.

Results: Orange 5, Sharkia 0; Yobe Queens 0, Heartland 5(w/o); Extinguishers 5, reformers 0; Heartland 0, Reformers 1; Orange 1, Yobe Queens 1; Sharkia 0, Extinguishers 7; Reformers 1, Yobe Queens 1; Heartland 3, Sharkia 0; Extinguishers 2, Orange 1; Reformers 0, Sharkia 0; Orange 1, Heartland 2; Yobe Queens 0, Extinguishers 0.

Today fixtures: Yobe Queens vs Sharkia (10am); Orange vs. Reformers (12pm); Extinguishers vs Heartland (5pm).

MEN:

Results: Yobe 0, Strathmore 5(w/o); Police 1, Trustees 2;  Golden Sticks 2, Niger Flickers 1; Sharkia 5, Strathmore 5; Police 5, Niger Flickers 3; Yobe 1, Trustees 3; Yobe1, Niger Flickers 3; Police 3, Golden Sticks 1; Sharkia 3, Trustees 3; Sharkia 5, Niger Flickers 1; Strathmore 1, Trustees 2; Yobe 1, Golden Sticks 1.

Today fixtures:

Sharkia vs. Yobe (7pm); Police vs. Strathmore (9pm); Golden Sticks vs. Trustees (11pm)

4 days into the 22nd edition of the Hockey Africa Cup of Clubs Championship,
and the tables begin to get tough as the top contenders emerge. Top amongst the list of favorites are the mens defending champions Sharkis ofEgypt and the on-form home team Trustees of Ghana.

Below are the table standings as at 12th Dec 2010.

The men take a break on Monday 13th.

The top two teams after the rounf robin games will meet in the finals.

Men

Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Trustees (Ghana) 3 2 1 0 8 5 +3 7

Police (Egypt) 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 6

Sharkia (Egypt) 2 1 1 0 8 5 +3 4

Strathmore (Kenya) 2 1 0 1 7 5 +2 3

Golden Sticks (Ghana) 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3

Niger Flickers (Nigeria) 3 1 0 2 7 8 -1 3

Yobe Rollers (Nigeria) 3 0 0 3 2 8 -6 0

Ladies

Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Extinguishers (Ghana) 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11 9

Heartland (Nigeria) 3 2 0 1 8 1 +7 6

Orange (Kenya) 3 1 2 0 7 3 +4 5

Reformers (Ghana) 3 1 1 1 2 4 -2 4

Yobe Queens (Nigeria) 3 0 2 1 2 7 -5 2

Sharkia (Egypt) 3 0 0 3 0 15 -15 0

StrathmoreKenyas representatives to the ACCC-2010 Orange and Strathmore have safely arrived safely to Accra, Ghana for what is expected to be one of  the most fiercely contested Africa Hockey Championships in a long while.

Orange is set to play its first game on Thursay against on-form Sharkia from Egypt while Strathmore will be up against home team YOBE. Orange is the womens defending champions.

Strathmore, the first ever university side in the tournaments history, hopes to add a feather to its cap by bringing home the mens title. The last Kenyan team to bring home the mens title was the Armed Forces hockey team. Coincidentally, Strathmore’s current coach was a member of the Armed Forces team then.

Match Schedule is as below:

Orange, Strathmore flagged off

Strathmore, Orange Teams ready to represent Kenya

Africa club champions Orange ladies and Kenya Hockey Union mens title defenders Strathmore Gladiators were yesterday presented with the Kenya flag as they prepare to represent Kenya in next weeks Africa Club Championship.

The one week tournament, to be held in Accra, Ghana will pit the winners of each country’s domestic leagues against each other for a battle to be crowned the Kings / queens of Africa.

The presentation ceremony was graced by KHU Chairman Resham Bains, Orange Deputy CEO Jane Karuku, Orange Head of Coporate Communications Angela Mumo, Strathmore Dean Paul Ochieng, Sports Director, amongst other Kenya government Officials.

While presenting the flag to the two teams at the colorful ceremony, the Permanent Secretary Min. of Sports Mr. Joseph Waweru challanged to look at themselves beyond their club levels and start playing as the “Kenya Team”.

Strathmore coach Meshak Senge said his side was prepared and confident and will bring glory to the country. Strathmore is set to be the first ever university side to participate in the tournament.

The games are set to begin 07:00 H Thursday 9th December 2010 at the NHS Field, National Hockey Stadium. Orange plays the second game of the day against Egypts Sharkia, while Strathmore takes on home team YOBE of Ghana at 1500Hrs latter that day.

Participating teams:
Men: Yobe, Strathmore, Police, Trustees, Golden Sticks, Niger Stickers
Ladies: Yobe Queens, Heartland, Orange, Sharkia, Extinguishers, Reformers