Kenya men’s hockey team took a huge stride forward on the Road to Rio Olympics as they reached the semi-final stage of the men’s Greenfields African Hockey Championships, the Olympic qualification competition currently taking place in Randburg, Johannesburg in South Africa.
Kenya (World Ranking: 39) booked their semi-final ticket with a comfortable 7-0 victory over Tanzania (World Ranking: 73), with Leon Magomere and Brian Saina both scoring twice in the contest.
George Mutria opened the scoring with an 11th minute field goal before Magomere scored twice in the third quarter.
Four goals arrived in the fourth quarter, with Saina’s double coming in between strikes from Zakaria Msumba and Constant Wakhura to confirm a place in the Semi-Finals.
A second place finish in Pool B (with six points having lost 4-1 to Egypt) means that they now face the unenviable task of taking on champions and hosts South Africa, winners of Pool A.
Egypt (FIH World Ranking: 20) joined Kenya in the semis after sealing top spot in Pool B with an 8-0 win over unranked Nigeria, a team that despite the scoreline gave their opponents a tough game throughout.
Egyptian scoring ace Mahmoud Mamdouh netted a hat-trick of penalty corner goals as well as one penalty stroke, with Amr Ibrahim (2), Mohamed Edris and Mohamed Essam also making their mark on the scoreboard.
Mamdouh now has 14 goals in the tournament and currently sits top of the scorers chart. Egypt’s first place finish in Pool B means that they will face Ghana (World Ranking: 41) in Saturday’s Semi-Finals.
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