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Clark’s men hit eight

By Mark Etheridge

South Africa’s national men’s side opened their African Cup of Nations campaign with a superb 8-0 thrashing of hosts Ghana in Accra Friday night.

The South Africans went into the break 3-0 up and turned up the heat in the second half.

Top scorers were Justin Reid-Ross with a first half hat trick and Gareth Carr scored three of his own in the second half.

Said SA coach Gregg Clark: “The new facility here at the national stadium is superb, and probably the best in Africa from a facilities point of view. The Ghanains are really trying to pull out all the stops to make this a top class tournament, and thus far they have achieved their mark.”

“Our second half performance was closer to the level we would like to achieve throughout the tournament. We converted six out of six penalty corners …. an incredible conversion rate regardless of opposition.”

Egypt were unconvincing in beating Nigeria 2-1 in the early game, which was followed by an extravagant and entertaining opening ceremony.

South Africa’s next opponents are Egypt on Sunday.