The Star (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Kenya: Orange Girls Reclaim Africa Hockey Title in Bulawayo

KENYA women's hockey league champions Orange beat Customs of Ghana 4-2 in post match penalties to reclaim the African Club Championship title they last won in 2009 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

The teams had drawn 1-1 in regulation time with the 15-time national champions out-smarting their opponents in the spot flicks. Coach Jos Openda attributed the win to team spirit, determination and good preparations.

"We were very dedicated to our training and the team was very ready to face the rest of Africa," Openda said. Orange won the continental championship with an unbeaten record.

Openda said a crop of young players introduced into the side in the last two seasons were key in the team's triumph. He said they are now plotting to win the 16th local title next season.

The ladies were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow Kenyans Strathmore Scorpions in the opening match. They then drew 1-1 against defending champions Heartland Queens of Nigeria before settling for a barren draw with Customs of Ghana.

The first win came in a 4-1 humiliation of hosts Bulawayo, before seeing off Reformers of Ghana 1-0. This is the sixth continental title for the team, which has never lost the local title for the last 15 years. The week-long African Cup of Club Championships at the Khumalo Hockey Stadium moves to Accra, Ghana next year.

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