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Good wins for Under-21 men and women

Comfortable victories for the South African Under-21 men’s and women’s teams in the Junior World Cup Africa Qualifier Tournament at Randburg Hockey Stadium on Tuesday have set up tantalising encounters on Wednesday ÔÇô┬áthat could be a taste of what’s to come in Saturday’s title matches.

The SA men beat a motivated Ghana 6-0 after being 2-0 up at the break to lead the log table ahead of Egypt, who are equal on points but have a game in hand, reports Jon Cook. Wednesday’s match between the talented men in green and gold and their dangerous opponents from north Africa is set to be an absolute cracker based on the evidence so far in this tournament that sees Saturday’s winners guaranteed a place at next year’s Men’s Junior World Cup finals in New Delhi, India.

The SA women took care of a passionate Kenya 5-1 after holding a 2-0 half-time advantage, and will tackle unbeaten Ghana on Wednesday in what looks to be a precursor to Saturday’s gold medal match, which will see the winners go through to next year’s Women’s JWC finals in Germany.

Grant Glutz got a brace for the SA men, the other goals going to fellow forwards Ignatius Malgraff, Andrew Manson and Damian Kimfley with penalty corner kingpin Matthew Guise-Brown adding a drag flick.

The SA women’s goals went to Tiffany Jones from a well-worked PC, plus efforts from open play by Jacinta Jubb, captain Izelle Lategan and a brace from Tanya Britz, while Kenya’s success came via an own goal. The score would have been more had it not been for an inspirational display by Kenya keeper Cynthia Onyango.

Kenya’s men were good value for their 5-0 win over a hard-trying Zimbabwe in Tuesday’s midday match after leading 1-0 at half-time.
In the early match, Namibia’s women opened the scoring inside the first minute and never looked back, going into half-time with a 4-0 advantage before coming out 5-1 winners against a Zimbabwe line-up that played their hearts out in front of their band of passionate fans.


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