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Hockey News Tue, 13 Aug 2019

Olympic qualifiers: Black Sticks take one step toward Tokyo after beating Namibia

The national men’s hockey team, the Black Sticks, continued their good form at the 2019 Africa Hockey Olympic qualifiers defeating Namibia 3-1 at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Black Sticks skipper Salya Nsalbini led by example, scoring a hattrick to secure the three points and edge the side ever closer to a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The defender’s goal-scoring rout started in the 25th minute with Namibia’s Jacobs Pieter getting the equaliser 5 minutes later, but it would only serve as a consolation as Nsalbini would get his next two goals in the space of just 3 minutes, the first in the 50th and his last in the 53rd.

Nsalbini has been in good form in the competition so far scoring the winning goal in yesterday’s tense 3-2 victory over Kenya before further impressing with his three goals against Namibia.

Next up for Nsalbini and Ghana is South Africa on Thursday 15th August 2019.

Source: Myjoyonline.com