The FIH have today announced the bids for the 2026 World Cup tournaments. South Africa have bid to host either the FIH Womens Hockey World Cup or the FIH Mens Hockey World Cup in Potchefstroom in 2026. South Africa have also bid to host both tournaments at the same time.
Following the successful staging of the FIH Womens Junior World Cup in Potchefstroom this year, the first African based World Cup, the country and North West University are keen to host the main event.
The bids are as follows:
2026 FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup:
2026 FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup:
2026 FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup and 2026 FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup combined (= being played at the same time):
FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “On behalf of FIH, I’d like to thank all National Associations who are bidding for our flagship events. We’re looking at really strong, and also diverse, bids here. We will now conduct a thorough analysis of each dossier so that the Event Bidding Task Force is fully informed of all aspects when making their recommendation to the Executive Board.”
The FIH Hockey World Cup, for Women like for Men, is the pinnacle of FIH events. Being played every 4 years, both the Men’s and the Women’s World Cup involve sixteen teams amongst the best ones in the world. It will be the sixteenth edition of the World Cups in 2026.
The first part of the Team South Africa was announced for the 2022 Commonwealth Games this week by SASCOC, including the SA Womens Hockey team. Included in the announcement was the announcement of the Chef de Mission for the Games, namely SA Hockey Vice-President Lwandile Simelane.
Simelane has served as the Vice President of SA Hockey since 2014 where she has overseen the transformation and corporate governance structures at a national level. She also was the secretary general of the FIH World Youth Hockey Panel from 2005-2010.
One of the primary responsibilities of a chef de mission is to be the spokesperson for the entire team in the lead up to and during the Games. They are also a mentor, supporter, and cheerleader who aims to motivate and inspire the team while protecting the performances of the athletes. Simelane will be the perfect candidate for this role.
Acting CEO of SA Hockey Shaune Baaitjies was pleased of the appointment:
“Lwandile has been a beacon and shining light for South African sport for well over a decade. Her commitment to excellence and delivery of quality is second to none. Team SA is undoubtedly in good hands with Lwandile as the Chef de Mission. We are proud of her selection!”
South African Hockey Chief Executive Officer Marissa Langeni has announced her resignation from the role after serving for just short of 13 years. She will depart the role on the 1 May to take up a new opportunity.
Langeni was appointed to the role on 1 July 2009 under then president of SA Hockey Dave Carr and served under the leadership of Mike Du Plessis and currently Deon Morgan. Marissa Langeni was the first ever appointed CEO of SA Hockey and will go down in history as one of the very first few female CEOs in South African sport. There were many highlights in her time at SA Hockey including South Africa’s hosting of the FIH Champions Challenge, Hockey World League, FIH Pro League, Olympic Qualifiers, the African Cup of Nations and of course the formation and development of the Premier Hockey League. The country has also currently hosted a very successful first ever African hosted World Cup, the FIH Hockey Womens Junior World Cup in Potchefstroom.
Langeni has stated that it was the right time for her to move on from the role:
“These roles are incredible, challenging and fulfilling. It’s been a remarkable journey over the past nearly 13 years. I have always put the interests of South African Hockey first and foremost and can look back with pride at my time in the role. Having been appointed as SA Hockey’s first CEO, there was no blue print for the role and I had an unbelievable opportunity to make a mark in the sport industry. I’d like to thank the various boards that have supported me over the years in particular to Dave Carr, Mike Du Plessis and Deon Morgan. It has been a privilege to contribute to the growth of hockey and to the success of our various national teams. It is the right time for me to step aside from hockey and attempt a new challenge. I will still be an avid hockey fan and will enjoy the opportunity to sit in the stands supporting our teams”!
SA Hockey President Deon Morgan was thankful of the service shown by Langeni for over a decade in the role.
“Marissa was always known as the "face of hockey", but in my opinion a more appropriate description would be the "heart of SA hockey". Marissa has made it her duty to build relationships with all stakeholders yet would also make deliveries at the airport for a departing SA team. We want to thank you Marissa for your service, passion, commitment and values, as hockey in South Africa benefited tremendously from all you brought. We wish you well in your new role”
Shaune Baaitjies, who has been involved in hockey administration as the SA Hockey Governance Subcommittee Chairperson recently and specifically the SA Hockey Executive where she was responsible for the development portfolio on the SA Hockey Executive back in 2000, will serve as the acting CEO during the transition process. The Board will advertise for the position in due course.
The eyes of the hockey world diverge on Ghana for the 2022 African Cup of Nations. The one African spot at the respective FIH World Cups will be decided over the next week.
Played under the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the tournament gets underway today and will see both the SA Men and Women looking to defend their titles!
The South African women begin a new era under interim head coach Inky Zondi. They will also be captained by Phumelela Mbande, the Olympic flag bearer, after Erin Christie was ruled out of the tournament.
The SA Men are without a number of the indoor players that were due to be headed to Belgium, but the core of the Tokyo squad remains and the Men will be looking at the opportunity of closing the gap to the top 10 in the rankings.
It promises to be a riveting tournament with new stories being written into the pages of the African Hockey history books. You can watch all games live on the Watch Hockey App
South African Hockey’s long standing at the finest table of hockey officiating is set to continue at the Tokyo Olympics. The country has produced a plethora of outstanding officials and that will continue in 2021 as five officials have been selected to the global showpiece.
Dr. Leigh Gordon – FIH Medical Officer
Doctor Leigh Gordon is one of the FIH Medical Officer’s for the tournament. She's also very busy as the team doctor for Springbok Sevens Rugby men’s and women’s teams since July 2015. Dr Gordon is also the Medical trainer for World Rugby ICIR (Immediate Care in Rugby).
Marelize de Klerk – Umpires Manager
Marelize attended three Olympic Games as an umpire in 2000, 2004 & 2008. Since giving up the whistle she has developed into one of the finest umpires managers in the game which saw her serve in 2016 and now again in 2021. With Five Olympic Games she joins John Wright in that esteemed category.
Arguably the world finest umpire in the womens game and a recipient of the golden whistle. This will be Michelle’s third Olympic Games, with 2016 seeing her umpire the final in Rio. She has travelled the world umpiring and constantly been a fantastic ambassador for South Africa.
Another member of the golden whistle club, Peter will be taking on his first Olympic games in Tokyo. Peter is no stranger to major tournaments with World Cups, Commonwealth Games and the FIH Pro League on the CV. A fine career in umpiring will now be complete by adding the five rings!
Annelize is also making her Olympic games debut and fast approaching her own 100th international career game. She has done a number of Pro League fixtures and was impressive at the World Cup where she earned a Bronze Medal match and one of the semi-finals. We look forward to seeing Annelize in action!
Allistar Fredericks became a hero for many when he became the first player of colour to represent South Africa’s Hockey Men post isolation. In a career that saw Fredericks spanned 59 caps, Fredericks notched an incredible 56 goals. The highlight of his career was the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, in which he spoke on behalf of Team South Africa to state president Nelson Mandela.
Allistar was arguably one of the most skilled hockey players you would ever have witnessed, with hands that most players can only dream of. For defenders, those dreams were surely nightmares! From William Pescod Hockey Club to the South Africa Council of Sports teams, before being called up in a unified South Africa, Fredericks was an example to all and a beacon of hope for his community.
After his playing days were done Allistar continued his work within South African Hockey serving in various different roles including Coach Education Facilitator, Senior Indoor Convenor of Selectors Senior Outdoor Convenor of Selectors, Southern Gauteng Hockey Association President and he was a current SA Hockey Board Member.
Marissa Langeni, the CEO of the South African Hockey Association, spoke about Allistar’s major and significant role in South African hockey.
“He was a 1996 Atlanta Olympian. It was a huge significant moment for South African hockey.” says Langeni. “Especially given the fact that he was the first player of colour selected to represent South Africa at those Olympic Games.” she says. “One of the fond memories that he often spoke about was being given the privilege of making a speech for the late President Nelson Mandela and actually presenting him with a blazer from the Olympic Committee at that time. [He had] a huge impact on the hockey community. People are referring to him as ‘The Star of Kimberley’, being the rare talent that he was. Everybody that we speak to has said that he was one of the most skilful players of his generation.”
SA Hockey President Deon Morgan honoured Ally, with this emotional statement.
“I had the privilege of knowing Allistar since my childhood. We played against each other since our Junior Hockey days, and I also had the privilege to play in the same teams with him on different occasions.
Ally was the person you planned your game plan around when he was your opponent and when he was in your team you knew that you could do a little more as the opponents would focus on him in their game plans.
I cannot believe that you are no longer with us Ally. You have inspired Youth since we were Youth, your ability on the field, your work ethic off the field, your ability to mix with everyone, your tenacity, your humbleness despite your brilliance inspired so many of us to be and do better.
I have seen him carry this through the years where he played a pivotal role in assisting, developing and growing so many Youths from all over South Africa. Because he believed in them, mentored and coached them, they started believing in themselves and the rest is history. I have witnessed so many proud moments where the youth under his care have achieved greatness not just on the field, but off it as well.
He always focused on the entire person, and I could see how grateful they were when they either made a club, provincial or national team or/ and achieved at their academic graduations.
I salute both Allistar and Nicky Fredericks for the legacy you have left for so many, for your BIG hearts and for all you have taken on to improve the lives of so many of us over the years.
I love you my friend and I thank God for affording me the opportunity to have played Hockey with you, served the game on different platforms with you and for your friendship.
Rest well my friend. You are truly a legend”.
Allistar is survived by his wife, Nicky, and his children, Keegan, Taylor-Lee and Tristan. A gaping hole has been left in the hearts of so many as Allistar was not just a coach, but a friend and father figure as well. Ally was the Beaulieu Academy Men’s Premier League Team Head Coach and the Beaulieu College Director of Hockey as well as the Boy’s First Team Coach.
In a recent Hockey the Podcast interview, Ally shared this powerful thought. “My message is that no matter what circumstances you come from, nothing must deter you to achieve your dreams”.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) today announced the SA Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams that will feature in the Tokyo Olympic Games in July and August this year.
Speaking to Hockey the Podcast, SA Hockey CEO Marissa Langeni paid tribute to the teams who have worked tirelessly through the covid pandemic to this point.
“There has been so much anxiety around the games, what it will look like, travel and so much more. We have got here though and it’s all systems go at last! As South African Hockey we commend the selectors of the squads, the management and the players for the incredible work done in this process. Congratulations to the players selected, we look forward to you supporting at the games.”
The SA Women’s Hockey team features Lisa-Marie Deetlefs who will be going to her third Olympic Games. She is the only existing Olympian in the squad which features three uncapped players and four centurions including Quanita Bobbs, Lilian du Plessis and Celia Seerane. The team features a total of 977 caps, with an average of 61 caps per player. They will be captained by Erin Christie and supported by Phumelela Mbande.
Women’s Head Coach Robin van Ginkel was pleased with his squad:
“The year that we have had extra as a result of the postponement, has been a massive positive for us in growth. Our energy has been revived and I truly believe we are in a better position than we would have been a year ago. We are ready to take on the Olympic Games and so excited to be able to share our squad today.
We went through a rigorous selection process and came across the team that is what we believe is the right combination to make South Africa proud.”
The SA Women are in Group A of the tournament and start their campaign on the 24 July against Ireland. Their second game will take place two days later against Great Britain with Netherlands awaiting 48 hours after that. Its then a quick turnaround between match four against Germany on 30 July and match five against India just 24 hours later.
The SA Hockey Men’s squad announced features five Olympians. Rassie Pieterse, Tim Drummond, Taine Paton and Clinton Panther will add a second games to their cv’s having appeared in London in 2012, while Austin Smith also appeared in Beijing in 2008.
18-year-old Mustapha Cassiem and 21-year-old Sam Mvimbi will be playing in their first major tournament while every other player has featured in one major. The team has a combined 1 179 caps with the average of 74 per player. Tim Drummond will continue to lead the team as captain.
SA Men’s Head Coach Garreth Ewing could not wait to get to Tokyo.
“It’s definitely been an interesting 12 months. I think we have taken the positive in growing in maturity and culture over the past year. It is a great opportunity to make an improvement in the world rankings, but that is something we want to do over a sustainable period.
I am very pleased with the squad we have put together. It was a difficult process, but I am certain we have the team that can go to games and meet our objectives.”
The SA Hockey Men are in Group B. They will open their adventure against Great Britain on the 24 July and then take on Netherlands just 24 hours later in a quick start to their tournament. They next face world number 1 Belgium on the 27th before Germany await on the 29th. The South Africans close off their group stage with a match against Canada on the 30 July.
Listen to Hockey the Podcast – The Squad Announcement here
The South African Hockey association can today announce that TK Sports South Africa are the new kit supplier of the national teams. This agreement renews the relationship between TK and SA Hockey, having previously been the kit supplier spanning two FIH Hockey World Cups, most recently the Women and Men's World Cups of 2010. Now, the Elephants are Back.
Having returned to International Hockey for the first time in over a year, the SA Hockey Men wore the limited edition Simunye kit in collaboration with TK. They will now return to the green and gold TK kit for the first time since 2010 for the third to fifth Test Matches vs Namibia. The agreement with TK Sports South Africa runs until December 2023 and will be rolled out for the next confirmed events calendar of the women and men's teams.
Marissa Langeni, CEO of SA Hockey, was delighted to share the news.
“We are delighted to renew our relationship with TK and welcome them back into the South African Hockey family. They have been fantastic supporters of South African Hockey over the years. As a brand, TK reflects our ambitions for growth, and we look forward to working with them to bring fans new and exciting products. We are extremely excited for this partnership.”
Rassie Pieterse, MD of TK Sports South Africa, echoed in his delight.
“TK Sports have been providing equipment for hockey since 1985 and have a longstanding heritage of leading brands worldwide. We are delighted to be able to put the players in kit that bring out the best of their performance on the turf. The South African Hockey fanbase is a passionate and proud group of people. We are also excited by the opportunity to offer supporters a chance to get their own replica kit and to see stadiums packed in green and gold once fans are allowed to return. The elephants are back!”
Replica kits will be available for purchase on TK Sports SA online store. A portion of every sale will be given by TK back to SA Hockey.
At the start of the 2021 Indoor Africa Cup the Namibian women were determined to prove that the 2017 victory was not a fluke. Throughout the tournament they reiterated the fact that the only game that mattered was the final and today was their opportunity to show that.
Despite a fast paced start by the hosts the defensive wall at the back held firm for the Namibians with Gillian Hermanus being forefront of that effort. When called upon Petro Stoffberg was keen to show the 2017 form that was paramount in qualifying the team and she did just that. As the clock ticked it the opportunity opened for Namibia and 17 year old Cailtin Gillies fired home a low penalty corner to give the defending champions the lead.
It was a lead they would double when Caitlin Gillies turned provider and set Sunelle Ludwig up who finished a superb opportunity. 2-0 and the hosts were shook. That would stay the final score despite 12 penalty corner attempts for South Africa and at the final whistle there was jubilation as Namibia had sealed the spot at the 2022 Indoor Hockey World Cup and as the champions of Africa.
Namibia’s captain and stalwart midfielder Magreth Mengo said: “It feels fantastic, amazing and blessed. I don’t really have the words. We sorted out our defensive team and worked hard together. We helped each other and we had each other’s back. Belgium here we come. We are representing Africa, so watch out, here we come. Namibia is representing Africa at world level.”
Namibia 2-0 South Africa
Top Goalscorer – Tegan Fourie (South Africa)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament – Petro Stoffberg (Namibia)
Player of the Tournament – Petro Stoffberg (Namibia)
After watching a repeat of the 2017 result the two mens side took to the court at Thomas Moore College to renew their own battle and it could not have started better for Namibia than taking the lead in the 12th minute through Fagen Hansen.
South Africa would however pull level through the younger Cassiem, Mustapha on the verge of half-time and then turned the temperature up a degree in the third chukka with a quick double from Chad Futcher, the player of the match in the final, and skipper Jethro Eustice.
Namibia never backed down and although they searched gainfully for a way back into the game their hopes were distinguished with a Chad Futcher second. The score would stay that way and South Africa confirmed their fifth attendance at the Indoor Hockey World Cup
Captain of South Africa men, Jethro Eustice, said: “I am so excited, we have put a long process together with this group over the past year and a half. It wasn’t easy, Namibia put up a good fight but now we can’t wait to build up for the World Cup. We have an exceptionally talented group but we have to challenge the world now. We had an exciting programme that challenged Africa, now we challenge the world.”
Namibia 1-4 South Africa
Top Goalscorer – Fagen Hansen (Namibia)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament – Bongumusa Mngoma (South Africa)
Player of the Tournament – Dayaan Cassiem (South Africa)
The 2021 African Hockey Indoor Africa Cup, powered by Pharco and SPAR, takes place this weekend at the newly built iKhwezi Sports Centre at Thomas More College in Kwazulu Natal. The tournament that features Botswana, Namibia and SPAR South Africa will be played to determine which Men’s and Women’s teams will represent the continent at the 2022 Indoor Hockey World Cup in Belgium.
The tournament which was postponed on multiple occasions and on the verge of cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the globe, will be played without spectators but all teams involved will be delighted that they will have the opportunity to vie for the title as African Champions.
In the Men’s tournament the South African men, backed by Tops at SPAR, will be looking to defend the title they won in Swakopmund in 2017. That victory led the South Africans to 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup in Berlin and to their current ranking of 11th in the world. The team will look to the experience of Justin Domleo, Rusten Abrahams and Jethro Eustice to guide the team, while Ryan Hack’s experience of two World Cup’s will be key in guiding his team to glory.
The South Africans will know the challenge of the Namibians fairly well from their previous encounters while the Botswana’s offer a fairly unknown, but exciting opposition as the growth of indoor hockey on the continent continues at pace.
In 2017 SPAR South Africa dominated the Indoor Africa Cup in Swakopmund, but a fairy-tale finish in the final saw the game tied and Namibia emerge victorious in the resultant shootout. It was one of the fine underdog stories of sport around the world. They would go to the World Cup and write another show stopping script with 16-year-old Kiana Cormack securing top goal scorer at the tournament. The team that will come to South Africa to defend their title is largely changed from that historical triumph but Maggie Mengo, Petro Stoffberg and Gillian Hermanus will hope they can channel the spirit of 2017 once again.
SPAR South Africa were devastated in 2017 but have since gone on to produce some of the most historic results in Indoor Hockey history with victories against a host of nations including Czech Repbulic, Switzerland, Poland and Namibia too. The team consists of experience spear headed by two icons in Jessica O’Connor and Cindy Hack, while the three debutants once again point to the depth available in South African Indoor Hockey.
There was a taste of what the Botswana Ladies could offer when they were in South Africa for the SPAR Test Series back in 2019 and all involved will be excited to see how the country has developed in their game since that series.
The tournament format sees a round robin where each team plays each other twice over Friday and Saturday before the top two progress to the final on Sunday in a winner takes all match.
Download the fixtures here