Namasake also made sure their names were on the score sheet with a goal each as the curtains fell on the three-day event.
“The girls were brilliant in both matches. We won by a solitary goal against Ghana because they were very tough. This victory against Tanzania has crowned it all,” he said.
Oketch was keen to point out that the work had just begun and it was not going to be a walk in the park in round two, which will be staged in Montevideo, Uruguay.
“We don’t have time to party as league two is not far from now. It will not be easy as we meet better-ranked teams and other round one winners. We need to get down to business and begin preparing now.”
Captain Betsy Ommala said they will prepare well for league and keep their winning mentality in order to triumph in Montevideo, Uruguay.
“I am delighted that round one is behind us now. The our focus now shifts to round two where we will meet stronger teams, which means we have to up our game, but we will not be intimidated by their rankings,” she said.
In the men’s match, Kenya’s hopes of making it to the second round went up in smoke as they fell 2-1 to Egypt. The Kenyan men played more of a defensive game, failing to attack and score goals. Egypt will compete for the second time at the FIH World League second round, having emerged the tournament champions.
They beat Ghana 4-3 in the inaugural World League round one matches in 2012 to proceed to the second round that was played in Russia.
The Kenyan men were pinned in their own half as the Pharaohs controlled the match. Captain Sayed Amr was the man of the match, leading from the front and scoring a brace to grab the men’s ticket to Cape Town, South Africa.
Amr scored his first three minutes before the breather and added the winning goal in the 43rd minute.
Brian Saina scored the consolation goal for the hosts in the 56th minute. Men’s national team coach Meshack Senge said the team did not utilise well the chances they got.
“We wasted our chances while Egypt seized every opportunity to score,” he said.
Earlier, the Ghana men team beat Tanzania 13-0.
By Christopher Ofwoko Musumba, The Standard