South Africa emerged as the winners of the third IKF All-African Championship. The region’s dominant team faced serious opposition for the first time in the continent’s history, but Zimbabwe fell short of truly threatening their southern neighbors dominance, losing 21-11. The match start was very tense, with both team playing nervously. Zimbabwe played without the presence of their successful technical director Riko Kruit who had to return to his Dutch Korfball League club last night. Nevertheless, the team was surprisingly playing in control with a good defense and an excellent rebound, especially by Trevor Sanyatwa. In the attack, they however fell short, partially due to an excellently defending South African team. Zimbabwe made the first goal after seven minutes, but the South Africans evened immediately and gradually took the lead in the game, building a 10-4 lead at half time. South Africa had a period of good shooting that brought them the lead. In the second half, quality of play dimished, especially on the Zimbabwean side. South Africa was also not that accurate, and missed a series of penalties, but nevertheless managed to expand their lead to 17-9, following which Zimbabwe lost their temper leading to a yellow card for Nesbert Matyukira. Zimbabwe loses their control in last 15 minutes of the match. Attacking errors through defended shooting many times by number 10 showing their frustration to refereestar leads to yellow card for nesbert Matyukira.
At the South African side, Werner Basson was again the top scorer, playing also strong in other roles, despite missing four penalties in the match.
After 50 minutes, the socre was 21-11 and South Africa once again the champion, and qualified for the IKF World Korfball Championship 2015.
Jan Fransoo2014-08-08 21:55:122014-08-08 21:55:12South Africa win gold at African Championship