Mixed Fortunes for Team Nigeria at Hockey Nations Cup

Mixed Fortunes for Team Nigeria at Hockey Nations Cup

Team Nigeria suffered mixed fortunes at the ongoing Africa Hockey Cup of Nations in Ghana.

The task was clear heading into Thursday’s encounters, both teams must avoid defeat against their opponents to book a place in the last four.

Nigeria men’s team who lost 4-2 to Egypt in their first game, trashed Uganda 10-3 in their second game, needed to avoid a loss against Ghana to book a semi spots.

And they did just that, Nigeria played a 1-1 draw against Ghana. Despite the home support, Nigeria Hockey men’s stood their ground to grind the much needed point.

Nigeria will now play the defending champions South Africa in the men’s semifinal game. Egypt will host Kenya in the second semis.

In the women’s category, the ladies gave their best but it was not meant to be. Having played a 2-2 draw Ghana in their first game, defeated Zambia 2-1 in their second game.

The task was to avoid defeat against Kenya.

They scored first but the Kenyan ladies scored two goals to secure a 2-1 win which condemned Nigeria to a third place finish.

Nigeria will now play Uganda tomorrow in the classification game 5-8th.

The winner of Nigeria- Uganda tie will play the winner of the game between Namibia and Zambia to determine the 5-6th places while the losers of the clash play against each other to determine the 7-8th places.

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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