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Paris 2024: Nigeria, Kenya tango in hockey qualifiers

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Nigeria hockey women’s senior national team will on Thursday play Kenya in the semi-final of the 2024 African Hockey Olympic qualifiers.

Kenya defeated Namibia 1-0 in their final pool “B” match at the University of Pretoria, in South Africa on Wednesday.

A 53rd minute goal from Grace Bwire ensured the East Africans finished their group unbeaten with nine points from three matches to book a Semifinal clash with Nigeria.

The West African team had earlier laboured to see off Zimbabwe 2-1 in last pool “A” match at the same venue.

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Saturday Comfort netted for the West Africans in the 39th and 55th minutes, while Alexei Terblanche pulled one back for the Central Africans in the 45th minute through a field goal.

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Kenya and Nigeria faced off last year during the Africa Cup of Nations in Accra, Ghana where the Kenyans had to come from behind to win 2-1 in the preliminary stage to proceed to the semis.

Kenya have had a good run in the tournament after defeating Zambia 4-0, Ghana 3-2 and 1-0 against Namibia.

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On their way to the last four, Nigeria fell at the hands of South Africa 4-0 before they regrouped to defeat Zimbabwe 2-1.

South Africa topped pool “A” with six points and will take on Ghana in another semifinal. The West Africans humiliated Zambia 7-1 in their final pool “B” match.

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