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The South African Hockey Men head to Egypt with a clear objective on their minds, qualify for the FIH Hockey World Cup. In order to do this, they will need to win the tournament at the home of their arch-rivals Egypt.

The squad was previously announced but due to personal and club commitments, there has been an update to the squad. London 2012 Olympian Lance Louw is recalled to the National squad after a long absence and will be looking to build on the phenomenal showing that helped steer the Maropeng Caveman to the title at the inaugural PHL last year.

Another star from that Cavemen team is Louw’s Southern Gauteng teammate Tommy Hammond. The experienced midfielder is well known in hockey circles for his incredible ability to read the game and his work rate. Taine Paton is also recalled to the squad after missing out on the FIH World League Semi-Finals. There is little debate about the explosive talents of Paton who also represented South Africa, alongside his brother Wade, at the 2012 London Olympics.

Ignatius Malgraff, who was the top scorer at the 2016 PHL, a vital part of the attacking unit at the FIH World League is recalled and Keenan Horne, who was named by the South African newspaper in 2015 as one of the SA Hockey stars of the future, is the final call-up to the squad.

The players who are no longer available from the previously selected squad are Clinton Panther, Gareth Heyns, Tevin Kok, Rhett Halkett and Ryan Crowe, while Austin Smith was also unavailable for selection.

The SA Hockey Men will be coached by Sheldon Rostron, who will follow Argentina’s Carlos Retegui’s example and lead both Men’s and Women’s side, has his work cut out as Ismalia is notoriously a tough place to visit, but it offers great opportunity to underline South Africa as the African hockey powerhouse.

The lads will begin their campaign against Zambia, before taking on Nigeria, Ghana hosts Egypt and Kenya. The final will take place on 29 October 2017.

SA MENS SQUAD FOR AFRICAN HOCKEY CUP OF NATIONS

Name

Province

Erasmus Pieterse

Southern Gauteng

Dan Bell

Western Province

Dan Sibbald

KZN Raiders

Ignatius Malgraff

Eastern Province

Jethro Eustice

KZN Raiders

Jonty Robinson

KZN Raiders

Julian Hykes

Southern Gauteng

Keenan Horne

Western Province

Lance Louw

Southern Gauteng

Melrick Maddocks

Southern Gauteng

Nqobile Ntuli

KZN Raiders

Reza Rosenberg

Southern Gauteng

Ryan Julius

Western Province

Siya Nolutshungu

KZN Raiders

Taine Paton

KZN Raiders

Tim Drummond (captain)

KZN Raiders

Tommy Hammond

Southern Gauteng

Tyson Dlungwana

Southern Gauteng

 FIXTURES for AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS