Orange face Bulawayo in hockey final
Champions champions Telkom Orange will play Bulawayo Athletics Club (BAC) in the final of the Africa Hockey Cup of Club Championship from 2pm at the Khumalo Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The men’s final will be contested between Egyptian clubs, Egypt Police and Sharkia at 5 pm.
The home side beat Kenya’s Strathmore 2-1 in the second semifinal on Saturday to kill the dreams of an all-Kenyan final. Orange had sealed their place earlier after a hard fought 2-1 win over Ghana Revenue Authority.
Melissa Sibanda scored the winner nine minutes from the end to settle the tight contest and break the hearts of the Kenyan team who has been tipped to face off with compatriots Orange in a successive final.
Nicola Watson had given the home team the lead in the 41st minute after firing past Strathmore keeper Truphy Oriwa. However, the Kenyan side were leveled five minutes later through Gilly Okumu’s third goal of the event.
With the game headed for penalty flicks, Sibanda popped up to score the winner after weaving past the Strathmore defence and shoot past Oriwa.
“It is a disappointing result, we played well and did not finish the chances we got, they were more clinical and at the end of the day you get punished for not taking your chances,” Strathmore coach Meshack Senge said.
Telkom Orange dug deep for their 2-1 win against Ghana Revenue Authority in a hard fought game.
Both teams were guilty of missing chances as Orange held on to reach another final. All the goals were scored in the first 16 minutes.