There was double delight for Zimbabwe at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) African Olympic qualifiers with both the men’s and women’s teams securing their first wins in Stellenbosch in South Africa.
At Stellenbosch University, the women’s team caused an upset in defeating Kenya 2-0, Roxanne Viviers and Nicola Watson grabbing the crucial goals.
The men’s team contested a much closer match against the same rivals in the group tournament, which sees the side finishing top of the group booking their place at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Festus Onyango and Arnold Marango twice put Kenya ahead but Zimbabwe battled back for a first group triumph, Tendayi Maredza bagging a brace and Tatenda Kanyangarara getting on the scoresheet.
Zimbabwe Women hockey team just recorded their first win in the Road To 2020 Olympic qualifiers winning 2-0 against
Egypt’s men’s team secured a third successive group win by defeating Namibia 6-1.
Hossam Ghobran, Mohamed Adel and Amr El-Hady put them in control in the first half before Amr Ibrahim made it 4-0 on 34 minutes.
Dylan Finch grabbed a consolation for Namibia before Ahmed El-Neggar scored twice to complete the rout.