Zim Ladies Hockey Team Lose Bronze Medal to Kenya
ZIMBABWE'S senior women hockey side was left dejected after they lost 1-3 to Kenya in a penalty shootout in the bronze medal match at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana yesterday.
The match had to be decided by a shootout following a goalless draw at the end of the normal game time at Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium in Accra.
It was a painful defeat for Zimbabwe who created several chances during the match. Their biggest let down was the failure to convert the opportunities that came their way.
The handicap continued in the shootout where Tinodiwanashe Elijah was the only player to convert from the spot.
Kenya also had their fair share of opportunities and they also failed to score, especially in the last quarter which they dominated.
The two sides were meeting in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first.
Coach Patricia Davies could not hide her disappointment as she believes the team could have done better in yesterday's match.
"A little bit disappointed. It wasn't as good as (we hoped for). I mean our girls can play better than that... it wasn't good hockey both sides. It was just that someone had to win.
"Score when you get the opportunities, definitely, because we had opportunities, we were not converting," said Davies.
Despite missing out on a medal, Zimbabwe would take comfort in the fact that after 24 years, they managed to reach this stage. The senior women's team last played in the semi-finals at the Africa Cup of Nations in 1998.