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An exciting day of hockey at the ACCC 2016 ended with joy and pain for some clubs. Significantly, for the first time in the 28 years history of the Competition, Sharkia Men’s Club, record 22 times winners of the competition, will not make it to the finals as they missed out on a semifinal place.
In the men’s competition, Police of Kenya fought back to redeem a goal losing 1-2 to Exchequers of Ghana, but progress to the semifinals where they face Police of Ghana. Defending Champions Eastern of Egypt will face the might of Butali Warriors of Kenya in the other semifinal match.
In the women’s competition, Police of Ghana needed compatriots GRA to beat Heartlands of Nigeria to hand them a semifinal berth. GRA had a comfortable 3-0 lead as the 64th minute only to succumb in the last 6 minutes of incessant pressure mounted by Heartland to end the match 3-3. Off the pitch, it was heartbreak for Police of Ghana but a joyous moment for Heartlands who celebrated the outcome of their hard work that puts them in the semifinals where they face defending champions Orange of Kenya.
In the other semifinal match GRA of Ghana will face Kada Queens of Nigeria to determine who heads into the grand final on Sunday afternoon.