Egypt Men and Namibia women through to Hockey Series Finals
Egypt qualified for the Hockey Series Finals after dominating the men’s competition at the Hockey Series Open in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe where they won all matches.
In the opening game Egypt, beat Namibia (WR:74) 17-1. This was followed up with a 4-1 victory over host nation Zimbabwe (WR:66) before putting 13 goals past Zambia (WR: no world ranking).
Egypt’s dominance was underlined by taking the top four goal scoring spot; Elgnanaini (10 goals), Mohamed Adel (8 goals), Amr Elhady (3) and Ahmed Elnaggar (3 goals).
The remaining games were all drawn; Zimbabwe and Zambia playing a 2-2 draw. Zambia then played an exciting 4-4 draw with Namibia. Zimbabwe and Namibia wrapped up with another draw, 3-3.
The results mean Egypt finished top with Zimbabwe second, Zambia third and Namibia in fourth place.
In the women’s competition it was Namibia who emerged as the overall winners as they faced tough opposition from their two rivals in the first Hockey Series Open event to take place in Africa.
Namibia (WR:60) opened their account with a 3-0 victory over Zambia (no world ranking). Zambia recovered from that loss to register a 3-2 win over Zimbabwe, scoring twice in the final three minutes of the game.
The final game, which sealed Namibia’s first place finish was a 1-0 win over host, Zimbabwe. The only goal scored in the 26th minute by Namibia’s skipper Magreth Mengo. The results mean that Namibia finished position, with Zambia second and Zimbabwe in third place. Egypt men will now play the Hockey Series Final in France, while Namibia will be competing in the women’s event in either Spain or Ireland (tbc).