NAIROBI, Reuter; Kenya and Zimbabwe drew 0-0 in a rough and exciting match in the All Africa Games Hockey tournament today leaving unbeaten Egypt one point Clear in the race for gold and the right to Africa’s place in next year’s Seoul Olympics.

Nigeria had earlier slammed in another seven goals against luckless Zambia while Ghana beat Tanzania 52.

The scoreless draw, watched by Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and a crowd of about 4,000 left Kenya and Zimbabwe with five points each from three matches, compared with Egypt’s six.

Ghana’s 52 win over Tanzania in a fast moving match and Nigeria’s 70 victories over Zambia in a game where neither side showed much brilliance confirmed that Tanzania and Zambia are the also runs of the tournament.

Several players on both sides were cautioned for violent play during the fast, skillful and often rough game between Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s Gary Carlisle hobbled badly after he was downed in the 27th minute and a few minutes later he was replaced by Gavin Parker.

But Zimbabwe missed an opportunity to press their advantage when Kenya’s Perminder Singh Saini was sent off for five minutes towards the end of the first half for playing the ball without a stick in his hand.

Kenya’s brilliant attacking team, led by Sunil Kumar Chabra, Captain Peter Akatsa, Chns Otambo and Anjivan Kumar Goyal, repeatedly streaked towards the Zimbabwean goal but each time they were blocked by defenders or shot wide.

Although majority rule came to Zimbabwe seven years ago, the country’s hockey squad is exceptional for having no blacks in it. Thirteen are white and three are ethnic Asians.

Nigeria’s World-class sprinter Chidi Imoh snatched the 100 meters gold a the All Africa Games today 24 hours after running a wind assisted 9.92 seconds in the semifinals.

Imoh and 400 meters king innocent Egbunike brought Nigeria’s gold medal haul to four on the third day of the athletics on the fast track at Nairobi’s new Kasarani stadium.

Officials said the wind was again measured a boy the permitted 2.0 meters per second maximum.

“I could have run faster today but I didn’t feel so good”, Imoh said after a lap of honor when he waved the green and white Nigerian flag at the small crowd who had braved Nairobi’s chilly drizzle.

Defending Champions Kenya are sure of at least eight medals in the All Africa Games boxing tournament.

Two more local boxers reached the semifinals today and along with their six compatriots who won quarterfinal foots yesterday they must now win at least a bronze.

The Kenyans have lost only one bout in the first six days of the tournament are becoming increasingly confident of remaining Africa’s top boxing nation.


Article extracted from this publication >>  August 14, 1987