Rio 2016: Ghana lose 4:0 to South Africa in top of the table clash

Male sticksHost nation and reigning African champions South Africa (FIH World Ranking: 15) claimed a crucial win in their bid to defend their title on Tuesday, defeating Pool A rivals Ghana (World Ranking: 41) in an exciting top-of-the-table meeting at the Greenfields African Hockey Championships 2015 in Randburg, Johannesburg.

Going into the meeting, both teams were well aware of the significance of the fixture, knowing that the result could have huge implications further down the line. The winners would likely top Pool A and in so doing avoid impressive Pool B frontrunners Egypt in Saturday afternoon’s semi-finals. 

The match itself was a hugely entertaining encounter, with Ghana pushing their opponents all the way throughout.

Matthew Guise-Brown broke the deadlock in the second quarter with a penalty corner, and doubled South Africa’s lead ten minutes into the third period.

Goals from Richard Pautz and Julian Hykes sealed a 4-0 win for South Africa, putting them on firmly on course to finish top of the table and set up a semi-final meeting against the team that finishes second in Pool B. 

Credit: FIH

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