SuperGroup South Africa opened their campaign in front of a vociferous crowd in Stellenbosch on Tuesday, 13 August, 2019, as teams began changing gears on the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020. There was pressure on teams looking to make a statement ahead of Wednesday’s rest day.
Ghana and Kenya opened the day in the women’s tournament with both teams buoyed by victories in their respective opening fixtures. They played out a thrilling draw to open the day’s proceedings.
Kenya took a lead through an inventive penalty corner that was eventually turned home by Rhoda Kuira, before Ghana levelled with a superb flick from Mavis Berko, who put it well beyond the reach of Cynthia Onyango in the Kenyan goal. Despite both team’s best effort there was no further scoring.
SA Celebrated the Debut of Zulu And Hunter’s 50th Cap with A 2-0 Win
The SuperGroup South African women celebrated the debut of Thati Zulu as well as the 50th cap for national skipper Erin Hunter. They faced a determined Zimbabwean side who had a fire in their belly and did a great job in denying the South African’s big opportunities. When South Africa did beat Jorydn Clipstone, they found Michelle Williams on the line to deny them. SuperGroup South Africa did take the lead when Ongi Mali struck a brilliant reaction goal to set them on their way. They finally confirmed the game late on when a superb run from Tarryn Glasby before she unselfishly squared for Dirkie Chamberlain to net and confirm a 2-0 victory.
Today, Wednesday, 14 August, will be a rest day as the teams regroup and then buckle down when the action returns on Thursday.
African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Results on 13 August, 2019:
Ghana 1-1 Kenya
South Africa 2-0 Zimbabwe
Fixtures on 15 August, 2019:
09:00 – Kenya vs. Zimbabwe
15:00 – Namibia vs. South Africa
Photo 1 Caption – Erin Hunter celebrated her 50th game for SuperGroup South Africa with a 2-0 victory as she led her team at the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 tournament out in Stellenbosch on Tuesday, 13 August, 2019. Photo: Eunice Visagie
Photo 2 Caption – Thati Zulu made her debut for SuperGroup South Africa in fine style as she assisted her team to a vital win in Stellenbosch on Tuesday, 13 August, 2019. Photo: Eunice Visagie
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