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

Olympic qualifiers: Black Sticks take one step toward Tokyo after beating Namibia
Source: Leroy Hawkson
Date: 13-08-2019 Time: 04:08:45:pm

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.