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Egypts Sharkia downs Kenya’s Strathmore Gladiators to lift African Hockey Cup



December 18, 2011.. Indomitable Sharkia Hockey Club of Egypt claimed a record 20th Africa Cup for Club Champions Trophy with a 4-2 win over Strathmore University of Kenya. The hotly contested match saw Sharkia jump out of the blocks and racing into a 2-0 lead by the 10th minute with goals from Samir Mohammed (7th-PC) and Waled Mahmoud (10th-FG).

The early onslaught destabilized the impressive Strathmore side who managed to calm their nerves with a goal in the 20th minute through a Davis Wanangwe field goal.

The first half ended 2-1 in favour of Sharkia. Back from recess, it was Strathmore who took the game to the Egyptians and stunned them in the 44th minute when Davis Wanagwe beat the field and pulled level from open play.

The Sharkia response was however instant as Hossam Gobran’s strike from open play restored the one goal advantage. Strathmore with their tails up and sensing that they could match the Egyptian squarely, turned on the heat and went in search of goals. That however was to cause them as the well organized Sharkia defense contained one attack after the other and looked for an opening to cause damage.

They however had to wait till the 67th minute when they eventually found the opening to put the game beyond Strathmore from a Mostafa Khalil field goal. This time around, there was no sensational come back for Strathmore as they did in the last pool match against Exchequers as the Ghanaian umpires brought proceedings to an end.

Sharkia have been crowned champions yet again and for the 20th time out of 23 and the question is “is there any club in Africa that can stop  this powerhouse?”.

Earlier in the men’s Bronze medal match, Police of Kenya disposed of Niger Flickers of Nigeria 3-1.

The men’s competition awards went to Davis Wanagwe (Strathmore-Kenya) – Top Scorer, Emmanuel Simiyu (Strathmore-Kenya) Most Promising Player and Amadu Abdallah (Exchequers-Ghana) – Best Goalkeeper. The Fairplay Trophy was won by Gentrix of Malawi.

In the Women’s competitions, Heartlands retained their crown beating Sunrise of Zimbabwe 5-1 in the final of a one-sided competition  in which they won all matches played scoring 43 goals and conceding only 2.

The 2012 Edition will be hosted by Zimbabwe and most likely in the City of Harare. National Associations can look forward to this and commence their planning. The Executive Board of the African Hockey Federation conveys its congratulations to Sharkia and Heartlands for winning their respective competitions and to the organizers and the officiating officials for a good job done.

Source: Africa Hockey Federation

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