Ivy Sibale became a heroine for Braves Ladies at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) on Sunday when her strike earned the team a 1-0 victory over Falcons during the ladies category finals of the inaugural Eight-A-Side National Hockey Championships.
Sibale silenced the Falcons almost 10 minutes before time, when she collected a loose ball from Falconsâ€™ defence error on the right flank, cut in-field and slipped it low past the goalkeeper.
â€œThis is what we were looking for,â€ said Braves chairperson Wanthaza Mughogho whose side beat Sports Complex Simba 1-0 in the quarter-finals. They thrashed Polytechnic 5-0 in the semis.
â€œA national title will give us more honour than we could get after winning a number of regional competitions. I salute my players for doing the good work,â€ said Mughogho.
But Mughogho will have to wait a little longer to see if his menâ€™s side will replicate deeds of the ladiesâ€™ side. The menâ€™s second semi-final between Braves and Parachute Battalion has been pushed to a later date.
Genetrix A qualified for the finals after beating Scorpions 1-0.