Ugandans no match to free-scoring Kenyan girls in the first day of the FIH test series

The Ugandan women’s national team seemed to be a no-match side to the Kenyan women’s national team in the first day of the FIH/AfHF test series between Kenya and Uganda after the Kenyan girls scored 11 goals in the match that was played at the Sikh Union Club, Nairobi.

Kenya went to the lead in the seventh minute of the match with Gilly Okumu netting the opener, Grace Bwire doubled up the scores two minutes later after a fine build-up play by the Kenyan girls. Bwire went ahead to complete her hatrick in the match with two other goals in the 44th and 49th minute.

Other goal scorers for Kenya were Naomi Kemunto and Flavia Mutiva with a brace each, Caroline Guchu with a goal in the 56th minute and skipper Tracy Karanja with a goal in the 57th minute.

Speaking to Jacqueline Mwangi the Kenyan head coach, she was impressed by the team’s performance and will be hoping for better results in the remaining two matches of the series. “I am glad we won the first match of the test series and that shows me as a coach the strengths and weaknesses of my team. We fielded a very young squad today and I’ll be hoping to continue getting good results as we go forward,” said Mwangi.

Kenya’s Robert Masibo (right) and Uganda’s Topher Kyamanywa running for the ball in the first test match at the Sikh Union Club, Nairobi

All square in the men’s encounter

In the men’s match, Kenya played to an all-one draw with the Ugandan side in a highly contested match. Kenya forged ahead in the 34th minute through a well-struck shot by Robinson Omutekete beating the well-oiled Ugandan backline, the Ugandan boys levelled up the scores five minutes later through veteran midfielder Thomas Opio.

The Ugandan gaffer Vincent Kasasa was delighted with the team’s performance and hoped for the best ahead of the two remaining matches. “I am extremely excited by the team’s display, a team full of young players who are determined to be East Africa champions,” said Kasasa. “I expected a win today but the Kenyans seemed a bit hard to crack but I’m confident we will win the remaining two matches,” he added.

Opio the goalscorer was the only capped Ugandan player before the match and played for the national team in 2007, that was the last time the two East African nations met with Kenya beating Uganda 5-0 in an Olympics Qualifier match at the City Park stadium.

Next fixtures:

Saturday, March 20, 2021:

Women: Kenya vs Uganda – 14:30 EAT; Men: Uganda Vs Kenya – 16:30 EAT

Sunday, March 21, 2021:

Women: Uganda vs Kenya – 14.30 EAT; Men: Kenya vs Uganda – 16:30 EAT

 

*All matches will be streamed on the FIH Watch Hockey App and Livescores available on the Magongo Kenya Live App which is available on Google Playstore

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