Kenya narrowly lost to Canada in men’s five a side hockey tournament at the Youth Olympic Games currently happening in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The Monday showdown was good for Kenya who put in a much improved performance but lost 4-3 to Canada as the team made a debut in the discipline at the Youth Olympics.
Brian Ogenche’s scored a brace and Ian Olando’s goal as Kenya Kenya from 3-0 down for a 4-3 final results in the second Pool “B”
Canada failed to make a clean sheet again following their 4-0 win against
canada scored through Ganga Singh, Isaac Farion and Shazab to give Canada a 3-0 lead at half time after finding the net in the first, fifth and sixth minutes respectively.
Rowan Childs made it 4-0 five minutes after the break before surviving a late scare from Kenyans, who sounded the boards through Ogenche in the 18th minute and again 20th minute seconds after Olando had added the second goal.
The Kenyans face an uphill task against heavyweights India on Tuesday before facing Austria on Wednesday and complete group stage action against Bangladesh on Thursday.
India and Australia, who hit Kenya 7-0 last Sunday, lead the group with six points each. India tops the six-team group with a better goal difference having thrashed Bangladesh 10-0 in their opening match. Canada and Austria have three points apiece from one win and a loss. Kenya and Bangladesh occupy positions five and six without a point.
Argentina and Malaysia are placed first and second in Pool ‘A’ with six points each. Argentina hit Vanuatu 18-0 on Monday, a day after seeing off Africa’s other flag-bearer Zambia 6-2. Malaysia whipped Vanuatu 14-0 in their opener before adding Mexico on its list of casualties with a 4-2 victory on Monday.
Zambia registered their first victory after coming from one goal down to floor Poland 4-3. Poland is third on a better goal difference against Zambia. The Poles hit Mexico 6-3 last Sunday.