Ghana qualifies for Hockey World League Round 2

Mens team win hwlr1Ghana's national male and female hockey teams booked their places through to the Hockey World League Round 2 (HWL Round Two) after both sides remained unbeaten in their respective competitions. Kenya and Nigeria finished second and third in both events with Namibia men finishing in fourth place.

In the men’s competition, Ghana got off to the dream start as they beat Namibia by a crushing 7-1 scoreline, which put them in confident mood as they faced Kenya. This was a much closer affair with Ghana’s Salya Nsalbini’s ninth minute penalty corner producing the only goal of the game.

Nigeria looked to have the beating of Ghana on the final day of action. Michael John’s goal in the 14th minute kept Nigeria ahead until the final 15 minutes of play. Ghana hit back, first through Emmanue; Ankomah and then Shadrack Baah, to complete a successful tournament.

Constant Wakhura of Kenya was the competition’s top scorer with four goals.

The Ghana women’s team has been on a steady upwards trajectory over the past two years and this was borne out in their matches against Nigeria and Kenya.

Goals from Susanna Danquah and Janet Adampa saw them cruise past Nigeria 2-0 in the opening game of the event, then a single goal from Racheal Bamfo was enough to see off the challenge of Kenya.

Kenya had been involved in a thrilling seven goal match the previous day when they beat Nigeria 4-3, with Audrey Omaido scoring in the final minute of play to give Kenya the three points and secure second place in the competition.