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Hockey News of Sunday, 25 October 2015

Source: FIH

Hockey: Winning start for Ghana in S/A

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Ghana made a winning start to their Pool A campaign while South Africa claimed a second successive victory at the Rio 2016 Olympic qualification event in Randburg, Johannesburg in South Africa.

Ghana (FIH World Ranking: 41) were victorious in their first match of the competition, powering to a 5-0 triumph over unranked Namibia.

Johnny Botsio scored a penalty corner to open early in the second quarter before he doubled the advantage six minutes after half time from open play.

Three goals arrived in the fourth quarter, with Michael Baiden, team captain Salya Nsalbini and Elikem Abbiw putting the result beyond all doubt.

The result puts the Ghanaians into second place in Pool A behind South Africa (World Ranking: 15), who were in ruthless form against Botswana in the second and final match of the day.

Jean-Pierre de Voux and Brandon Panther both claimed six goal hauls as the reigning African continental champions proved to be too strong for their opponents, taking a 30-0 win.

Matthew Guise-Brown also netted four penalty corners, taking his competition tally to nine and becoming an early front-runner in the race to finish top scorer.