Olympics Qualifiers: Hockey Cranes Fall To Zimbabwe

Uganda’s return to the regional Olympic Qualifiers did not start as hoped as they lost 2-1 to Zimbabwe in their second Pool B game on Monday.

After getting their first win at this competition in form of a 5-0 forfeit win against Nigeria on Sunday, the Hockey Cranes were looking to earn their first on-field victory at an Olympic Qualifier, but despite a spirited display, they fell short in the fourth quarter.

Zimbabwe through Mutsawashe Kanyangarara broke the deadlock in the 24th minute, however, their lead didn’t last long as Weatherhead’s Collines Batusa made sure to restore parity two minutes later.

The game stayed like that and the score board read exactly that in the third period, but Tadiwanashe Kamusewu scored the winner for the Southern African nation in 47th minute, much to the frustration of Ugandans.

Uganda despite the loss will take the positives and will hope for a more positive outcome on Wednesday when they face hosts South Africa.

South Africa in their opening game in Pool B thrashed Zimbabwe 10-0. Uganda who conceded 67 goals on their maiden appearance at this competition in 2007 will hope to avoid such an embarrassing score.

Heading into rest day, Uganda occupy the second position in Pool B, just below South Africa who have won both their games.

The Hockey Cranes are trying to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Paris, France. Only one place is up for grabs in this Qualifier.



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