The 6th FIH Hockey Indoor World Cup will take place in Pretoria in South Africa in February 2023. The tournament will feature both the men’s and women’s 12 best Indoor Hockey Nations competing for the prestigious crown of Indoor Hockey World Champions.

This marks the first time the FIH Hockey Indoor World Cup has taken place outside of Europe. The first Indoor World Cup in 2003 was hosted in Germany (Leipzig) before heading to Austria (Vienna) and Poland (Poznan) in 2011. The two previous editions have been in Germany in Leipzig and Berlin respectively.

The Men’s FIH Hockey Indoor World Cup has been dominated by the European Nations with Germany (3), Netherlands and Austria each winning the titles. Austria famously won their first at the 2018 tournament beating Germany on a penalty shootout in the final.

In the FIH Hockey Women’s Indoor World Cup it’s been a seesaw battle between Netherlands and Germany competing in every final and sharing the titles 3-2 in favour of the Germans.

South Africa have already shown a world class ability to host international tournaments with the recently concluded FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup in Potchefstroom was a rousing success further supporting the great work done at the FIH Pro League.

South Africans have a wonderful relationship with Indoor Hockey and have seen thousands of supporters gather for exhibition series featuring the SA Hockey Men or SA Hockey women at Pro Series Indoor tournaments. There is no doubt that the country will continue to raise the bar in 2023 and create a tournament that is impactful and memorable.

SA Hockey Acting CEO Shaune Baaitjies shared her thoughts:

“As a country we are proud of our ability to host World Class events. We are thankful that the FIH have entrusted us with the first Indoor World Cup hosted off European soil. South Africa has a proud history of hosting World Class events and we are committed to uphold that standard and bring a truly South African event to the world!”

The South African Indoor Hockey Men will be competing in their fifth Indoor Hockey World Cup with a clear goal of improving on their current best finish of 10th place. Following the completion of the African Indoor Hockey Test Series against Namibia, South African Hockey have today announced the team that will head to Belgium to compete in the World Cup.

The South Africans have a wonderful blend of experience and youth. The experience of Justin Domleo (2015 & 2018 World Cups), Ryan Julius and Jethro Eustice (2018 World Cup) will be important to the squad. While the experience of the Cassiem brothers, Eustice and Julius at the Olympic Games will be a massive contributor to the team.

Much of the team is the bed rock of the team that won the African Cup of Nations at Thomas More College earlier this year and will look to continue a fine run of form that has seen the country win 12 of the 15 test matches they have played since Berlin 2018 (Drawing 3).

South Africa have been placed in pool A at the World Cup, which starts on the 2 February 2022, with Pan American Champions Argentina, defending World Champions Austria, Czech Republic, Russia and Kazakhstan. The top 4 teams in each group progress to the quarterfinals, and a guaranteed top 8 finish.

SA Indoor Hockey Captain Jethro Eustice was delighted with the opportunity to test themselves against the best in the world:

“We are incredibly excited to be heading to the World Cup and to be representing South Africa and the African continent. This is the pinnacle achievement of indoor hockey, and we are heading to Liege in order to compete and show the world the South African spirit!”

SA Men’s Indoor Team – FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup 2022

Player

Province

Caps

Anton Van Loggerenberg

Western Province

11

Bongumusa Mngoma

KZN Raiders

8

Jethro Eustice

KZN Raiders

35

Justin Domleo

KZN Raiders

42

Aiden Tun

Western Province

12

Daniel Sibbald

KZN Raiders

5

Ryan Julius

Western Province

16

Keegan Hezlett

KZN Raiders

5

Dayaan Cassiem

Western Province

12

Chad Futcher

Southern Gauteng

13

Lungani Gabela

KZN Raiders

11

Mustapha Cassiem

Western Province

12

 

Reserves

Rusten Abrahams

Southern Gauteng

23

Marvin Simons

Southern Gauteng

6

 

Having served a platter of entertainment over the three previous matches, there was an eager excitement to see what African neighbours South Africa and Namibia would offer as the final course of the enthralling African Indoor Hockey series.

South African coach Justin Rosenberg has been asking his team to start off faster and focussed in the matches and he got exactly that as the hosts produced their best first half performance of the series so far. It took the South Africans just 4 minutes to open the scoring with Mustapha Cassiem with a diving shot from the right of the circle. Although the South Africans were made to work hard for the opener, the second came shortly afterwards. Justin Domleo reacted first to a good save from DJ Strauss and the experienced campaigner fired home.

The visitors gave themselves a first impression in the first quarter when dynamic teenager JP Britz pulled 1 goal back from a penalty corner with 20 seconds left in the opening exchanges. Having started the game so brightly the South Africans would have been frustrated that they only led by one goal, but they made sure there was no disappointment in the second quarter.

Mustapha Cassiem made it 3-1 from a quick reaction at a penalty corner variation before his brother Dayaan Cassiem made it 4-1 with a trademark reverse flick from the top of the circle. Despite Namibia pulling one back through Brynn Cleak, South Africa extended the lead with Marvin Simons producing a deft finish after incredible work from Aiden Tun. At the half-time break South Africa led 5-2 and they were pleased at their best first half of the series.

The third quarter however saw Namibia embody the spirit that they have aligned in their values and fought back with a spell of breath-taking hockey to pull level. Dakota Hansen started the revival scoring after a wonderful bit of umpiring from Ayden Shrives allowed the advantage. Then it was JP Brits got his second and third goal to restore parity. The third was a moment of pure quality from the teenager, who heads to PSi U18 Nationals on Monday. Namibia had all the momentum and were looking to capitalise by getting the go-ahead goal, but the African Champions showed why they are exactly that.

Having failed to convert their penalty corner opportunities from the penalty corner the South Africans were able to rely on Mustapha Cassiem who netted his third of the game and 9th of the series, to end the series as top goalscorer.

Remarkably for the first time in the series there was a goalless final quarter and the two teams settled for a one goal deficit.

African Indoor Hockey Test Series Results

1st Test – SA 3-3 Namibia
2nd Test – SA 7-4 Namibia
3rd Test – SA 3-3 Namibia
4th Test – SA 6-5 Namibia

South Africa win the series 2-0.

South Africa and Namibia played out a pulsating draw in the third test after a fantastic second half fight-back by Namibia, led by Fagan Hansen as they pegged back a two goal deficit into a one goal lead before failing to hold on to a lead in the final quarter once again. It means the series is still in the balance with SA leading only 1-0 with 1 game remaining.

Having needed a last second equaliser in the opening game and a sensational blitz at the end of the second game to win, the South African Indoor Hockey Men were looking to start better, brighter and put the Namibians to the sword. They did exactly that as they dominated the opening exchanges.

That early domination was turned into an early goal when Lungani Gabela netted his second of the series to give the African Champions the early lead. It was a lead that felt like it was very close to being doubled sooner rather than later and that was duly the case as Steven Paolo got the goal that his first half performance deserved. South Africa were then gifted an opportunity to stretch the lead as JP Britz received a yellow card, but despite their dominance the South Africans were met with a resolute performance from the Namibian defence. 2-0 the half half-time lead, but a rather fragile lead in the game of indoor hockey.

And so it proved to be as Namibia produced their best second half display of the series so far marrying defensive stability with attacking nous. They pulled the first goal back through David Britz who picked up after a right side carry came through to him on the back post. The belief that grew from that was massive as Namibia surged looking for a leveller.

They found that leveller as the third chukka came to an end. This time it was the lethal Fagan Hansen who finished superbly with a deflection from a David Britz ball. It was the type of precision that would make Trevor Cormack incredibly proud and no doubt the Namibian fans watching at home would be pumped by it.

The comeback was complete when Fagan Hansen scored his second quite easily after a great drive from JP Britz and leaving Mngoma with no chance. Having seen leads lost in the final quarter of both games so far, Namibia would desperately want to hold on for the victory this time round.

They were unable to do so as the hosts were awarded a penalty stroke for a push through the back of Keegan Hezlett. Mustapha Cassiem stood up and finished giving DJ Strauss no chance in the Namibian goal.

South Africa surged forward looking for a winner but they were superbly kept out by DJ Strauss and his defenders, while they nearly had their own opportunity to win it through a golden chance for Liam Hermanus but it ended 3-3 after Mngoma pulled off an important save! A wonderful advert for the game of indoor hockey.

The series will be decided in the final game tomorrow.

South Africa produced a scintillating and devastating final four minutes of the second test match to turn a two-goal deficit into a three-goal lead. Miracle man Mustapha netted a 60 second hat-trick after captain fantastic Jethro Eustice had dragged South Africa back into the contest and Dayaan Cassiem had restored parity with a goal of the finest order.

Namibia collected their third draw against the South African Indoor Hockey Men over the past six years in the opening test match but were denied a first victory in that time by the late heroics of Mustapha Cassiem. With both sides having settled for a draw in the opening game, it offered the two World Cup competitors a wonderful benchmark from which to strike as the continued the rivalry in the second test today.

In the opening test match the Namibians came out surging and had established a 2-0 lead within the opening five minutes as the hosts were caught napping. It was a far more palatable start got coach Justin Rosenberg as the early exchanges were much tighter and opportunities were incredibly limited. The opening chukka passed in the blink of an eye and despite a sizeable amount of excitement, there was no goal and the quarter ended 0-0.

It was the Namibians that broke the deadlock first as they took advantage of their first penalty corner of the game and Ernest Jacobs stood up from the Dakota Hansen push and left no doubt in the mind. South Africa were denied by the brilliant DJ Strauss from their opening two corners, the second save with his helmet reminded everyone why he is often considered an All-Star in the Indoor Hockey game. Namibia took advantage of the momentum gained from their captains saves and landed a quick double punch. Jacobs doubled the advantage before the 17-year-old sensation JP Britz made it 3-0 to the Namibians. Namibia had one more chance before the break, but van Loggerenberg denied the goal and it was half-time!

South Africa pulled their first goal back early in the third quarter through a well-executed penalty corner and Rusten Abrahams netting his 9th international Indoor goal. Abrahams then almost immediately gave away a penalty corner which the South Africans defended superbly. South Africa were looking to their experienced campaigners to lift them in this game and Justin Domleo, in his 40th test match, did just that. Taking a quick free hit and finishing with a trademark Domleo finish that his kids watching at home would have been delighted with.

With all the momentum in their camp the South Africans will be disappointed as they conceded a yellow card for skipper Jethro Eustice and within 60 seconds of the card top goal scorer of the African Indoor Cup of Nations Fagan Hansen restored the 2-goal lead. The match was developing tension at an intense rate and experienced umpire Ayden Shrives gave both teams the opportunity to calm things down. South Africa then had a penalty corner variation shot by Mustapha Cassiem defended on the line by Nico Neethling. 4-2 it remained at the end of the third quarter.

After riding out two green card suspensions, the South Africans set up a grandstand finish when skipper Jethro Eustice took matters into his own hand, drove through the middle and a wonderful diving finish brought the difference back to just 1 goal, with 4 minutes remaining. South Africa needed a grandstand finish if they were going to win the game.

Grandstand is probably an understatement as the final three minutes saw South Africa score four goals. A sensational moment of quality from Dayaan Cassiem pulled scores level before a 60 second hat-trick from Mustapha Cassiem took a tight tussle and landed it as a comfortable victory for the South Africans. The Namibians will be disappointed with the finish, while the South Africans will probably be disappointed that they needed that finish.

The SA Men now lead the series 1-0 with the two back in action tomorrow at 19:45 for the third test.

The Justin Rosenberg coaching reign of the SA Indoor Hockey Men began today at Sunningdale in the Western Cape as the hosts and African Champions took on fellow Indoor World Cup competitor Namibia. The first in a four match series was played in a repeat of the African Indoor Cup of Nations final, which the hosts won at Thomas More College 4-1 earlier this year.

Namibia, with a very settled side who have been under the coaching of Trevor Cormack, came out like the more settled side and showed incredible venom to find their feet quickly. Brynn Cleak opened the scoring in the third minute while the South Africans were still settling into the game. Before South Africa wiped the sleep out of their eyes, they were shaking off a double punch as 2020 IPT top goalscorer Liam Hermanus made it 2-0.

South Africa gradually got a foothold back into the game and struck the upright, the crossbar and the brilliant DJ Strauss on a couple of occasions. The Namibians were pressing effectively and waiting for their opportunity to strike on the counter, testing Anton van Loggerenberg.

FIH Rising Star nominee Mustapha Cassiem had a quiet first half but he started to become a thorn in the Namibian side and netted the South African opening goal and first under Rosenberg. Cassiem had been in scintillating form for Muchengladbach in Germany and has clearly not taken long to bring that form home.

South Africa surged forward looking for a leveller with Chad Futcher and Lungani Gabela looking likely. It was the latter who would convert an opportunity to restore parity and give the hosts the momentum to go and look for the win!

But Namibia should typical Namibian spirit and converted from a penalty corner with just two minutes remaining on the clock to set up a momentous victory for the visitors. Unfortunately they couldn’t hold on and that man Mustapha stepped up and took advantage of a momentary blip that saw the ball cross the line with 1 second remaining on the clock and secure a draw to open the series.

Justin Rosenberg, head coach of the SA Indoor Hockey side, reflected on the match.

“We needed to make small changes to get a momentum shift and we did that better in the second half. We allowed too many easy opportunities in the first half, we cant do that at International level. If we keep to our disciplines we wont give so many opportunities away and you will see better hockey coming from our camp in the next three tests.”

The teams continue the battled at 19:45 tomorrow for the second test

SA 3-3 Namibia

 

The South African Indoor Hockey Men renew their rivalry with Namibia in the first of four test matches this evening at Sunningdale in Western Province. With both teams heading to the Indoor Hockey World Cup in Belgium, a first for African Hockey, its a wonderful opportunity for preparation and tactical awareness. 

Namibia will pose a number of threats and will be buoyed by their inclusion in the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup. They will also feel like its an opportunity to prove a point and bounce back from their defeat in the African Indoor Cup of Nations final earlier this year. The South African Men will know that their neighbours are filled with class and brimming with talent, including the likes of the Hansen and Britz brothers amongst others. There is also a great level of respect between the teams and a huge excitement to be playing once again. 

The South Africans are of course under the tutelage of Justin Rosenberg as head coach for the first time, but the team remains largely the same from the one that secured the African title at Thomas More College. Justin Domleo and Jethro Eustice will be integral in leading the team in the preparation towards the Indoor World Cup. 

National Indoor captain Jethro Eustice shared his thoughts ahead of the series:

"Playing Namibia is always a tough test for us. They are a team with tremendous talent, fight and structures. We know that with the Indoor World Cup loading this is the best opportunity for us to test ourselves on the court. All of us in the team are so excited to get back on the court and represent our country!"

The series will be contested without fans in attendance as the the two teams play under strict protocols due to the spread of the Omnicrom variant. The series will however be live streamed on the ES Media YouTube page. All four games will be available free of charge. 

South African Hockey has today announced the team for the African Hockey test series between South Africa and Namibia at Sunningdale in the Western Cape. With both teams heading to the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup in February in Belgium the four-test series, officially sanctioned by African Hockey, offers the teams a wonderful opportunity to test their processes and plans.

The two locked horns in the final of the Indoor African Cup of Nations at Thomas More College in Kwazulu Natal earlier this year, and all 12 players from that series are retained by the SA Indoor Hockey Men and are bolstered by another four players. The series will be a last chance for players to stake a claim for a place on the plane to Belgium.

The four that missed out on the African Indoor Cup of Nations are Ryan Julius, Cameron Goodwin, Keegan Hezlett and Marvin Simons make up the 16. Several the players went to the Olympic Games this year including Eustice, Abrahams, Julius and the Cassiem brothers, while Aiden Tun and Marvin Simons have just got back from the FIH Junior World Cup in India.

The team has a great amount of experience in the camp as well with Eustice, Abrahams and Domleo having featured at the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup in 2018 in Leipzig.

Match times are now confirmed as follows:

All matches will be live streamed on the ES Media YouTube page.

It will also be the first series under the tutelage of Interim head coach Justin Rosenberg and interim assistant head coach Cameron Mackay who will lead the team through completion of the World Cup. The remainder of the technical staff remain the same from the Indoor African Cup in Robert Goslett (Video) and Nathan Diedericks (Manager).  Zoe Woolman will be the physio for the series

SA Indoor Hockey Men vs. Namibia

Player

Province

Caps

Anton Van Loggenberg

Western Province

8

Cameron Goodwin

KZN Raiders

5

Bongumusa Mngoma

KZN Raiders

5

Jethro Eustice

KZN Raiders

31

Justin Domleo

KZN Raiders

38

Aiden Tun

Western Province

8

Daniel Sibbald

KZN Raiders

5

Ryan Julius

Western Province

16

Keegan Hezlett

KZN Raiders

3

Dayaan Cassiem

Western Province

8

Chad Futcher

Southern Gauteng

9

Lungani Gabela

KZN Raiders

8

Mustapha Cassiem

Western Province

8

Steven Paolo

Northern Blues

7

Rusten Abrahams

Southern Gauteng

19

Marvin Simons

Southern Gauteng

3

 

There in an opportunity available for the role of Interim-Head Coach of the SA Indoor Hockey Men through the World Cup. 

The application form to be submitted with your cv can be found here

There was some fire in the belly when the South African and Namibian Men took each other on in the final group stage game of the Indoor African Cup. With both sides having easily dispatched of Botswana as well as securing their places in the final, the evening game offered a momentum opportunity but little else.

South Africa took this momentum with a Dayaan Cassiem inspired performance seeing off the challenge of their Southern African Neighbours. Both teams left a player out as a precautionary decision making but the game offered incredible feistiness regardless. There was lots of needle between the Hansen brothers and the Cassiem brothers adding to the showpiece for the viewers.

It was a tight battle for three of the chukkas but Dayaan Cassiem was the difference maker scoring a hat-trick of goals that all arrived at different levels of sublime. Although the Namibians fought admirably there was little they could do to stop the Dayaan train from coming home.

The South Africans, as defending champions, will be pleased that they have got through the tournament with a perfect record and particularly will be happy with the squad depth being tested and passing impressively.

Coach Ryan Hack, who led the team at the 2015 Indoor World Cup, was very pleased after the result.

“Its been a good tournament so far. We set ourselves some targets for the group stages and we managed to achieve every one of them. We have some great game changers in our team, but our team works well enough that the game changers are able to do their moments of magic.

The South Africans will look to the final at 16:00 to defend their crown and qualify for their fifth of six Indoor Hockey World Cups, while Namibia will be attempting for number 2. The answer to these questions will be revealed at 16:00 today live at Thomas More College.

Watch it live on Watch Hockey or on Rayder Media YouTube.

Indoor Africa Cup 2021 – Results Day 2 – Men

South Africa 30-0 Botswana
Namibia 37-0 Botswana
South Africa 9-3 Namibia

Indoor Africa Cup 2021 – Fixture – Final

16:00 South Africa vs. Namibia