The South African Hockey Men's side will depart for India and the Hockey series Final on the back of a satisfying performance at Randburg Astro against the Namibian Men. The South Africans, using a number of younger players including debutant Sam Mvimbi, were professional in the performance against a well coached Namibian side.
After winning the opening two tests 4-0 and 5-0 respectively, the Lads made it three out of three with another 5-0 victory. It was a very frustrating opening half as South Africa were denied any goal mouth action by a superb display by the Namibians led fantastically by Ernst Jacobs.
But the resistance was broken in the third quarter with South Africa netting not once or twice but four times to tear the wind out of the Namibian sails in a devastating five minute spell. Owen Mvimbi scored superbly in the 39th minute to open the scoring for the hosts, it was a fine finish from one of the more senior players in the squad.
The second from South Africa was particularly pleasing for the management team, but also for the hockey public as a beautiful team move broke into the D and Nqobile Ntuli added to his impressive haul of international goals with a very well placed finish on the reverse stick. A minute later and he added a second made by great pressure from Tevin Kok. Ntuli was only too happy to home the ball into the empty net.
Richard Pautz then completed the dominant spell getting his name on the scoresheet finishing off a wonderful piece of hockey from Tevin Kok with a sublime deflection to give Strauss no chance in the Namibian goal. South Africa added a fifth when Keenan Horne pounced on a loose ball after a save from Strauss.
So three games, three wins and three clean sheets. Coach Ewing will look to his team to take more of their short corner opportunities and build on the progress that they have made in India. But all in all it was a job well done!
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