The SA Hockey Association are pleased to announce the SA Mens 2019/2020 Squad as coach Garreth Ewing has a firm eye now on the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The squad selected features 36 players that impressed selectors at the August IPT in Bloemfontein. The Final was contested by Western Province and Southern Gauteng, with each finalist having ten players in the 36 selected players. A further 9 medically exempt players are included in the squad who will need final medical clearance prior to any team selection, taking the total selection squad size to 45.

Although the focus of the squad is the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, there is an added focus on building a squad capable of competing in the build up to and including the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, the FIH Hockey World Cup and the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The squad boasts an exciting mix of youngsters and experience with the likes of Tim Drummond, Austin Smith and Rassie Pieterse who are joined by first time senior call ups for the of likes of Mustapha Cassiem, Luke Wynford and Chad Futcher.

The squad will be streamlined throughout the next few months and cut to a final Olympic Squad for Tokyo 2020. Although selected in the 45, the hard work will only just be starting as the players below look to secure their spot in Japan.

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Player Name

Province

 

1

Alex Stewart

Western Province

2

Amkelwe Letuka

Northerns Blues

3

Andrew Hobson

Western Province

4

Austin Smith

Western Province

5

Brad Sherwood

Northerns Blues

6

Chad Futcher

Southern Gauteng

7

Charlie Bowren

Western Province

8

Clinton Panther

KZN Raiders

9

Cody van Wyk

Southern Gauteng

10

Connor Beauchamp

Western Province

11

Courtney Hallé

Southern Gauteng

12

Daniel Bell

Western Province

13

Daniel Sibbald

KZN Raiders

14

Dayaan Cassiem

Western Province

15

Erasmus Pieterse

Southern Gauteng

16

Estiaan Kriek

Southern Gauteng

17

Gareth Heyns

Southern Gauteng

18

Gowan Jones

KZN Raiders

19

Ignatius Malgraff

Eastern Province

20

Jared Cass

Northerns Blues

21

Jethro Eustice

KZN Raiders

22

Keenan Horne

Western Province

23

Le-Neal Jackson

Northerns Blues

24

Luke Wynford

SA u21

25

Matthew Brown

Southern Gauteng

26

Matthew De Sousa

KZN Raiders

27

Matthew Guise-Brown

Northerns Blues

28

Miguel Da Graca

Southern Gauteng

29

Mohamed Mea

KZN Raiders

30

Mustapha Cassiem

Western Province

31

Nic Spooner

Southern Gauteng

32

Nqobile Ntuli

Northerns Blues

33

Owen Mvimbi

Southern Gauteng

34

Peabo Lembethe

Northerns Blues

35

Richard Pautz

Southern Gauteng

36

Rusten Abrahams

Southern Gauteng

37

Ryan Crowe

Western Province

38

Ryan Julius

Western Province

39

Sam Mvimbi

Northerns Blues

40

Siya Nolutshungu

KZN Raiders

41

Taine Paton

KZN Raiders

42

Taylor Dart

Southern Gauteng

43

Tevin Kok

Northerns Blues

44

Tim Drummond

KZN Raiders

45

Tyson Dlungwana

Northerns Blues

 

The South African Hockey Association would like to congratulate our technical officials that have been selected for the Tokyo Olympics. This follows an outstanding tradition of high-quality technical officials representing South Africa consistently at the highest stage of the game.

For the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, Marlize de Klerk has been selected as one of the four umpires’ managers, a role she completed superbly at the African Hockey Road to Tokyo event in Stellenbosch last month. Marlize umpired more than 200 international test matches in her career earning the golden whistle and has continued her passion for the game in developing other umpires now. This will be Marlize’s fifth Olympic games.

Michelle Joubert was recently awarded the top umpire in Africa after yet another stellar year on the FIH circuit. Having just recently umpired at the Tokyo test event, Michelle will be keen to get back to Japan for the main event. Michelle is another umpire who has earned the golden whistle for more than 100 caps including the Olympic Games Final in Rio in 2016. This will be Michelle’s third Olympic Games.

Annelize Rostron has been an impressive shining light for South African hockey over the past year and impressed with her performances in the FIH Pro League. Having previously umpired at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games, Annelize would be delighted to get the opportunity to add the Olympic Games to her hockey CV.

Peter Wright will join his brother John as an Olympian when he goes to Tokyo. Wright has already joined his brother to have earned the golden whistle and was the reserve umpire in this years FIH Pro League final between Australia and Belgium. He also recently umpired the final of the PAN Am games where Argentina sealed their spot at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Joining the aforementioned quartet will also be Dr Leigh Gordon as one of the FIH Medical Officers at the tournament, reprising a role she completed at the FIH Vitality Hockey Women’s world Cup in 2018 as well as at the FIH World League Semi-Finals in Johannesburg in 2017. It’s another great achievement for the doctor who is also the team doctor for the Rugby Sevens. Another fantastic mark from a South African!

South African Hockey would also like to congratulate our African Neighbours Sarah Bennet (Zimbabwe) and Frank Oti-Mensah (Ghana) on their selection as technical officials for the tournament.

The 2020 Olympic hockey tournaments will be staged in Japan’s capital city from 25 July to 7 August next year.

In another exciting announcement for the South African Hockey Association, Nacsport have been announced as the video analysis sponsor for both the SA U21 Men’s and Women’s teams for the Junior World Cup 2021 Cycle.

Nacsport have a history of working with the biggest brands in sport across the globe including Liverpool FC, Arsenal FC, the Irish RFU, the Scottish Rugby Union, Gloucester Rugby, and the Spanish National Men’s Hockey team to name a few. In terms of the sponsorship, Nacsport will provide video analysis for both the SA U21 sides through the next three years. Nacsport have already been used by national coaching staff Ashlin Freddy, Devon van der Merwe, and Lenise Marais.

Head coach of the SA U21 Men’s team, Neville Rothmann shared his delight at the announcement. “Nacsport offer a world-renowned product. They have been used by the best around the world and we are honoured to be on board with such a quality product. In the modern game video analysis is a critical part of the coaching process and to be able to develop to our objectives this is going to be a massively effective help in that regard!”

“We are incredibly proud to be partnering with SA U21 Hockey,” said Chris Freddy, CEO of Video Analysis Africa. “Both U21 teams will be working with our high-performance analysts who’ll be using our top-of-the-range Nacsport Elite software. Our involvement with SA U21 Hockey is part of a longer-term shared vision to improve the match performance of our top hockey players, as they progress from the junior into the senior ranks. The end game is a situation where coaches collaborate more with each other, and player performances are monitored far more closely, to create an environment of performance excellence throughout each player’s hockey career.”

The SA U21 sides are currently in action at the SA Hockey IPT in Bloemfontein.

The South African Hockey Association are saddened to hear of the passing of Alan Jacobs. Alan was a commanding hockey player who was known for his tenacity but almost more vitally for his leadership. It is no coincidence that he passed those on to his son Bruce who ultimately led South Africa to the Beijing Olympics.

Alan’s hockey career started at Mocambo Hockey Club before he later became a founder member of Blackburn Hockey Club, which dominated hockey in the Western Province. Alan captained both his club and province for many years. In 1982 he was selected as vice- captain of the SACOS Hockey team and eventually as captain of the 1988 SACOS hockey team.

Post-unification, Alan was one of the key drivers behind the establishment of the successful Central Hockey Club. Hockey was part and parcel of the Jacobs family. The entire family would support the KC March hockey festivals throughout the country.

As Gary Dolley has said: “Alan was a real role-model to many of us and we salute his contribution to the development of non-racial hockey. A huge thanks to his family for sharing Alan with us. It was indeed an honour and privilege to have played with and against this legend”

Tribute from Charles Smith

I am privileged to have known Alan Jacobs since the nineteen eighties through our involvement with hockey. I am convinced that there are many people that can regale and do justice about Alan's playing career. As years came and went on, I learnt more about his leadership qualities. He became an iconic leader of hockey teams, be it at club, provincial and a national level. Alan was a respected person, His tough leadership qualities with leading from the front had little if any to compare with.

I am fortunate to have remained a friend with Alan, Lilly, Bruce and Jonathan after his retirement. That relationship is of great value to me and certainly too many others. Alan remained a person that you wanted in your life. A confident man. A person you could test your viewpoint against and above all very good human being that enriched our lives. A quiet and reserved giant. The big one has now gone silent, but his memory will live on. A relationship with Alan had tangible benefits. He was always available if you needed conversation, guidance or even social company.

My enduring memory of Alan, the leader, will always be of a person that could listen to the views of others. His memory and spirit will live on with many of us for the rest of our lives. Alan, you may be quiet now, but you left us with a legacy that enriches, that act as guidance and will provide us with many an answer to pertinent questions that confronts us in this life.

Thank you, Lilly, Bruce and Jonathan, for letting us have Alan for so many years. Our friendship with you will continue. We share your grief today and trust that the good Lord will comfort you. Alan will remain the guy with the friendly disposition, the big presence, the wonderful personality and the caring spirit.

Charles Smith 

 

The South African men and Egyptian men locked horns in the final group stage game of the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 competition. The way the results had played out the game was in essence a final.

A packed crowd at the University of Stellenbosch greeted the two teams and they produced a fantastic display of the best of African Hockey. The Egyptians had four penalty corners at the end of the first quarter, but the South African defence managed to repel all four. On the edge of half-time though the Egyptians did take the lead with Ahmed Elganaini reacted first after a rebound and finished into the bottom corner.

South Africa waited for the final quarter before Nicholas Spooner stood up and raised his hand to be the hero. Having scored in the last minute of the FIH Hockey Series Final semi-final to get the South Africans to that final. He popped up again to be the man to count as he netted two quick goals to turn it around. He then popped up with a third after Clinton Panther produced a sensational run but was taken out in a professional foul. Spooner finished the flick to complete a remarkable final hat-trick.

The Egyptians poured forward but found a resolute South African defence and an inspired Rassie Pieterse difficult to break down but did manage a late goal through Ashraf Said as a consolation. The result secured the title for South Africa and the African Hockey spot at the Tokyo Olympics.

Earlier in the day Ghana secured themselves the bronze medal in a pulsating encounter with Zimbabwe that set the tone for an incredible final day’s action. Michael Baden opened the scoring with his first in the tournament, but Zimbabwe pulled back through Rangarirai Mungwiniri. The scored remained that way until the second half when the action kicked off. In the 34th minute Johnny Botsio made it 2-1. The last quarter then produced more goals than the opening 3. Elikem Akaba made it 3-1 through a penalty stroke but Zimbabwe kept the game alive with a Gift Chomunorwa field goal. Elikem Akaba made the game safe with a 4-2 lead despite a late Tendayi Maredza penalty corner. For Ghana it meant a satisfying bronze medal after a tough week of hockey.

Kenya avoided the wooden spoon with a 3-1 win over Namibia. The Kenyans goals came through Willis Okeyo, Constant Wakhura and Festus Onyango while Nico Neethling earned a late consolation for the Namibians.

DJ Strauss from Namibia was the goalkeeper of the tournament while Austin Smith won the top goalscorer and player of the tournament double award!

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Results – 18 August 2019

Ghana 4-3 Zimbabwe
Namibia 1-3 Kenya
South Africa 3-2 Egypt

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Final Positions

  1. South Africa
  2. Egypt
  3. Ghana
  4. Zimbabwe
  5. Kenya
  6. Namibia

Photos - Eunice Visagie

The African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 headed into its penultimate day with the destination of the title winners still uncertain. After four days of action though we now know that the title will either be won by SuperGroup South Africa or Ghana in the Women’s tournament while it’s the age-old battle between South Africa and Egypt in the Men’s tournament.

The day started with Ghana’s women keeping the tournament alive by defeating the ever-improving Namibians 3-0. They scored a goal in each of the first three quarters to win the game that they were never truly in danger of losing. Elizabeth Opoku in the first, Debora Whyte in the second and Ernestina Coffie in the third meant that the 2017 Runners-Up kept the tournament alive to the final day regardless of the South African result against Kenya.

The Namibian and Zimbabwean men played off in a Southern African derby match that could give Zimbabwe a possibility of medalling should they win. With that motivation in check they took the lead through Tony O’Riordan in the 18th minute. The Namibians have been guilty of missing good opportunities in this tournament, but that accusation could not be levelled at them in the 41st minute when South African based star Brynn Cleak restored parity. That parity would not last until the end of the quarter as Gift Chomunorwa made it 2-1 to Zimbabwe. The pair, who could not be split at the FIH Opens Series, were in a similar position this time as Cody van der Merwe got the goal that the performance probably deserved.

Egypt were given an almighty scare in their quest to break the South African defence of the trophy as they found themselves trailing to spirited Ghanaians. Enrest Opoku opened the scoring in the first quarter but the West Africans only held that lead for four minutes before Hossam Ghobran levelled matters. The game looked destined to be all square at the end of the third quarter but a 44th minute penalty corner by Mohamed Ragab breaking the deadlock. Egypt only made the game safe with a late penalty corner from Amr Ibrahim, but the 3-1 result meant that Egypt would go into the final day with destiny in their own hands.

The SuperGroup South African women never really got higher than second gear in a routine victory against Kenya. The Kenyan women were completing their program of fixtures and were hoping to get a victory to confirm a bronze medal at the minimum. Unfortunately, they will now have to wait and see if Namibia can do them a favour after they were beaten 3-0 by the South Africans. The South Africans scored all three goals in the first half before backing off and consolidating the victory. Tarryn Glasby and Erin Hunter got the opening two before Ongi Mali moved to the top of the goal scorers’ charts with the third. South Africa will know a draw against Ghana will confirm another title for Robin van Ginkel’s side.  

The South African men produced a less devastating display than they had in the previous games but secured a 4-0 win against a supremely fired up Kenya. It took South Africa 29 minutes to break the deadlock but when they did Austin Smith produced his most venomous flick of the tournament to score his 9th goal of the event. In the second half Smith added his second before a superb combination between Ryan Julius and Dayaan Cassiem allowed the latter to finish with a trademark scoop. The South Africans made it 4-0 with a late Keenan Horne strike but the Kenyans will be immensely proud of their performance. For the South Africans all eyes will be on the Egyptian game to decide title while Kenya will be looking to get their first win over Namibia.

All the action is broadcast live on the Shoott South Africa Facebook page.

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Results – 17 August 2019

(W) – Namibia 0-3 Ghana
(M) – Zimbabwe 2-2 Namibia
(M) – Ghana 1-3 Egypt
(W) – Kenya 0-3 South Africa
(M) – Kenya 0-4 South Africa

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Fixtures – 18 August 2019

(W) – 09:00 – Zimbabwe vs. Namibia
(M) – 11:00 – Zimbabwe vs. Ghana
(M) – 13:00 – Kenya vs. Namibia
(W) – 15:00 – Ghana vs. South Africa
(M) – 17:00 – Egypt vs. South Africa

 

Pictures Eunice Visagie

After three days of action South Africa and Egypt have surged ahead of the pack in the Men’s tournament at the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 event, while SuperGroup South Africa are the only team with a 100%-win record after three days of action.

Zimbabwe had a remarkable day on day three as first their women and then their men completed a remarkable double against Kenya. The women produced a scintillating display of defensive hockey to quell the Kenyan attack and give themselves a chance of a medal. Roxanne Viviers broke the deadlock in the 44th minute before Nicola Watson made the game safe in the 51st minute. This group of players poised for the best performance since 1990.

The Zimbabwe men produced their finest African Hockey display in a come from behind victory. They first trailed to a Festus Onyango goal before levelling through Tatenda Kanyangarara before trailing to a goal from Arnold Marango. But facing defeat Zimbabwean captain Tendayi Maredza stirred a fightback with a superb double that sealed a remarkable victory for the Southern African nation.

Egypt continued their assault on the tournament with a very impressive performance in silencing the Namibian challenge. The North Africans opened the scoring early and never looked back throughout the match. Hosam Ghobran and Mohamed Adel made it 2-0 in the first quarter and by the time Dylan Finch scored for Namibia the Egyptians had added through Amr Elhady and Amr Ibrahim. The North Africans put extra shine on the result with a late brace from Ahmed Elnaggar.

SuperGroup South Africa made it two from two with a professional 5-0 win over Namibia. Namibia played a deep game looking to attack the hosts on the counter attack but were ultimately caught out by the superior finishing and class of the South Africans. Dirkie Chamberlain opened the scoring off a rebound, but the South Africans had to wait until the 39th minute for Tarryn Glasby to bundle over a goal. Nikki Veto then scored the goal of the day when she made it 3-0 before a Lilian du Plessis penalty corner made it 4-0. There was still time for Ongi Mali to get in on the action with the fifth and her second of the tournament. The 5-0 win moved South Africa to the top of the log as the only team with a 100% record.

South Africa were expecting a tough encounter against Ghana but managed to blow their opposition away with tournament top goalscorer Austin Smith netting himself another four goals. Tevin Kok scored a brace of superb deflections while Jethro Eustice also got himself a brace. Bili Ntuli also earned himself a goal with a superb team move that required a simple tap in. Ernest Opoku scored a late consolation for Ghana that was well appreciated by the crowed. The 9-1 score line took South Africa top of the log on goal difference.

Tomorrow the tournament has its second rest day before it reaches its climax over the weekend. The games are streamed live on the Shoott South Africa Facebook page.

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Results – 15 August 2019

(W) – Kenya 0-2 Zimbabwe
(M) – Kenya 2-3 Zimbabwe
(M) – Namibia 1-6 Egypt
(W) – Namibia 0-5 South Africa
(M) – Ghana 1-9 South Africa

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Fixtures – 17 August 2019

(W) – 09:00 – Namibia vs. Ghana
(M) – 11:00 – Zimbabwe vs. Namibia
(M) – 13:00 – Ghana vs. Egypt
(W) – 15:00 – Kenya vs. South Africa
(M) – 17:00 – Kenya vs. South Africa

Pictures - Eunice Visagie

SuperGroup South Africa opened their campaign in front of a vociferous crowd in Stellenbosch while both Egypt and the South African men kept up a 100% record in the men’s tournament.

As teams began changing gears on the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 there was a pressure on teams looking to make a statement ahead of Wednesday’s rest day. If today could be likened to a road race, today was all about positioning yourself ahead of the tournament crescendo.

Ghana and Kenya opened the day in the women’s tournament with both teams buoyed by victories in their respective opening fixtures. They played out a thrilling draw to open the days proceedings. Kenya took a lead through an inventive penalty corner that was eventually turned home by Rhoda Kuira. Ghana levelled with a superb flick from Mavis Berko who put it well beyond the reach of Cynthia Onyango in the Kenyan goal. Despite both team’s best effort there was no further scoring.

Egypt made a statement of intent themselves with a superb 7-2 victory over Kenya. Mohamed Elganaini bagged himself another two to move clear at the top of the goal scorer charts. Mohamed Adel also bagged a brace, while Hossam Ghobran, Ahmed Gamal and Amr Ibrahim all bagged for Egypt. Constant Wakhura and Festus Onyango gave the Kenyan’s a moment to cheer in consolation.

Ghana also maintained a perfect start as they were pushed in a superb 3-1 win over Namibia. Salya Nsalbini was the star of the show with a hat-trick for Ghana all from the penalty corner. Namibia had trailed early before levelling through Pieter Jacobs. They had several opportunities but Nsalbini was ultimately the difference.

The SuperGroup South African women celebrated the debut of Thati Zulu as well as the 50th cap for national skipper Erin Hunter. They faced a determined Zimbabwean side who had a fire in their belly and did a great job in denying the South African’s big opportunities. When South Africa did beat Jorydn Clipstone, they found Michelle Williams on the line to deny them. SuperGroup South Africa did take the lead when Ongi Mali struck a brilliant reaction goal to set them on their way. They finally confirmed the game late on when a superb run from Tarryn Glasby before she unselfishly squared for Dirkie Chamberlain to net and confirm a 2-0 victory.

The South African Men produced a polished display 9-0 with Austin Smith netting another brace. Coach Garreth Ewing will be happy with the combination of goals from penalty corner and field goals. The goals also came from all around with 8 different goal scorers including Bili Ntuli, Clinton Panther, Dayaan Cassiem and an absolute thunderbolt Taine Paton strike. The result leaves South Africa and Egypt tied on 6 pts and a +11-goal difference at the top of the table.

Tomorrow will be a rest day as the teams regroup and then buckle down when the action returns on Thursday.

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Results – 13 August 2019

(W) – Ghana 1-1 Kenya
(M) – Egypt 7-2 Kenya
(M) – Namibia 1-3 Ghana
(W) – South Africa 2-0 Zimbabwe
(M) – South Africa 9-0 Zimbabwe

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Fixtures – 15 August 2019

(W) – 09:00 – Kenya vs. Zimbabwe
(M) – 11:00 – Kenya vs. Zimbabwe
(M) – 13:00 – Namibia vs. Egypt
(W) – 15:00 – Namibia vs. South Africa
(M) – 17:00 – Ghana vs. South Africa

Pictures Eunice Visagie

The opening day of the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 got underway at University of Stellenbosch today with six African Hockey nations competing for the continents ticket to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The South African Hockey Men got the tournament off to a good start with a 3-1 win over Namibia. The match was also the 150th cap for long-time goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse and he was presented with a pennant to mark the achievement.

 

After a goalless first half the South Africans broke the deadlock through the mercurial Dayaan Cassiem. The Western Province local forced an error in defence by the Namibians before he surged into the D and finished expertly past the impressive DJ Strauss in goals for the Namibians.

Into the final quarter South Africa made the game safe as Austin Smith, another local in the South African team, earned himself a brace through penalty corners. The first was a low drag flick just over the backboard before the second was a rocket into the top right corner. There was time for a late consolation goal for Namibia that their performance deserved. Percy Barthram got onto the end of a penalty corner variation to finish the game 3-1.

Egypt had earlier laid down a marker with a 6-0 win over Zimbabwe. The star of the show was hat-trick king Ahmed Elganaini, while there was a brace from Amr Sayed and Amr Ibrahim completed the scoring to get the Northern Africans off to a fantastic start.

Ghana twice came from behind to deny Kenya and steal a big opening day win. The highlight being a last-minute winner that sent the Ghanaian fans into raptures. Constant Wakhura had opened the scoring for the Kenyans before Benjamin Kwofie levelled for Ghana. Festus Onganyo would have sent the fans into raptures giving Kenya a late lead before Ghana produced an outstanding fightback through Elikem Akaba and then skipper Salya Nsalbini to win a superb encounter.

The SuperGroup South African Hockey women had a bye on the opening day as the women’s tournament only has five nations competing and were able to get an early look at this opposition. In the opening game of the tournament it was the Ghanaian Women who landed the first strike. They were victorious 3-1 over Zimbabwe. Vivian Narkuor got herself a first quarter brace to give the West Africans an early 2-0 lead. Sophie McDonald gave the Zimbabweans a glimmer of hope with a 21st minute field goal before Roberta Sarfo made the game safe for Ghana.

A spirited performance from Namibia was not enough in the second game against Kenya with Grace Makokha scoring the only goal of the game to give the East Africans a winning start against their Southern African opponents.

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Results – 12 August 2019

(W) Ghana 3-1 Zimbabwe
(W) Namibia 0-1 Kenya
(M) Egypt 6-0 Zimbabwe
(M) Ghana 3-2 Kenya
(M) South Africa 3-1 Namibia

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Fixtures – 13 August 2019

(W) – 11:00 – Ghana vs. Kenya
(M) – 13:00 – Egypt vs. Kenya
(M) – 15:00 – Namibia vs. Ghana
(W) – 17:00 – South Africa vs. Zimbabwe
(M) – 19:00 – South Africa vs. Zimbabwe

 Pictures - Eunice Visagie

The waiting is over. The African countries have converged on Stellenbosch to contest the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 Event. The tournament prize is ultimately the champions of African Hockey, but more pertinently it gives the winner the rights to one of the 12 spots in the hockey tournament at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The fixtures, which were released a couple of months back, have had to be replaced as Nigeria and Uganda have withdrawn from the Men’s and Women’s competition. What it means for the tournaments is that the Women’s’ tournament will be contested between five nations, namely; Ghana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya and hosts South Africa. The men’s tournament will feature the same five sides with the addition of Egypt completing the six sides to fight for honour in the men’s tournament.

The one change in the tournament with the revised fixtures is that there is no final and the tournament will be decided over a round robin stage. 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw with the tie separator being goal difference first.

For Supergroup South Africa their opening game will be when they take on the Zimbabwean ladies at 17:00 on Tuesday, while for the South African Men their campaign will open against Namibia on Monday at 17:00.

For those in the Western Cape, get down to watch all the games at the University of Stellenbosch, while those that are unable to travel will be able to stream the games on Shoott South Africa’s Facebook page.

All the fixtures are in the images below.