Kenya ladies hockey team bag bronze in Afcon

The Kenya women’s hockey team Sunday clinched the bronze medal at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations after edging Zimbabwe 3-1 a shoot-out in Accra, Ghana.

The two sides were unable to break the deadlock during the 60 minutes and thus a shoot-out had to determine the winner.

Eleanor Chebet scored the winning penalty for Tausi and broke into dance as her teammates joined her in celebrating the achievement.

Coach Jackline Mwangi, who was taking charge of the team for the first time, was elated with the result and noted that more is yet to come from the side.

“I am so excited for this team. They have shown great determination and deserve this and much more. Kudos to everyone that made this a reality,” Mwangi said.

Her sentiments were echoed by skipper Rhoda Kuira, who said the team overcame off-field challenges and will return home with something.

“We manged a podium finish despite the challenges we faced in the run-up to the tournament. I couldn’t be more proud of this team and we wills savour every moment,” she said.

Tausi lost 4-0 to defending champions South Africa in the first semi-final, while the hosts squeezed a 2-1 win over Zimbabwe in the second semi-final on Friday night.

Kenyan men, Chui, face Nigeria in the bronze medal match later Sunday.

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