Wazalendo fall to Zamalek at Africa Clubs Champs

Wazalendo fall to Zamalek at Africa Clubs Champs

Wazalendo head coach Fidhelis Kimanzi instructs his charges during their Kenya Hockey Union Premier League match against Sikh Union at the City Park Hockey Stadium in Nairobi on March 31, 2019. Wazalendo won 1-0. (PHOTO/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha)

  • Ahmed Ali Mohamed Metwall and Basha Mahmoud Mohamed scored for the Egyptians with Wycliffe Mbeda netting for the Kenyans

Kenya’s Wazalendo hockey men’s club were defeated 2-1 by Zamalek on Wednesday as the 2021 Africa Cup for Clubs Championship got underway in Accra, Ghana.

Ahmed Ali Mohamed Metwall and Basha Mahmoud Mohamed scored for the Egyptians with Wycliffe Mbeda netting for the Kenyans.

Wazalendo, who finished second in Kenya Hockey Union Men’s Premier League last season, will face 2018 runners-up Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in their second fixture on Thursday.

The tournament is being played in a round-robin format with the top two teams in both Pool A and B advancing to semi-finals.

Assistant coach Joseph Njogu leads the 20-man Wazalendo team after their head coach Fidhelis Kimanzi failed to travel to Ghana due to other work commitments.

Wazalendo are flying Kenya’s flag at the competition after Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League champions Butali Warriors pulled out due to financial constraints.