The African Hockey Cup of Nations takes place in Accra in Ghana from the 17-23 January 2022. The team that finishes top of the tournament will qualify for the FIH Hockey World Cup in India in January 2023.

For the South African Men it’s an opportunity to build on the momentum established at the Tokyo Olympic Games, where a victory over Germany put the SA Men into the top 10 in the world for the first time ever. They currently sit in 12th, but the continental showpiece will give them an opportunity to get back into the top 10.

With the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup and the African Cup of Nations taking in close proximity, the challenge that has arisen as a result of the various travel restrictions has led to an updated South African Mens team to take the African Cup of Champions.

Sihle Ngubane and Connor Beauchamp will have the opportunity to earn their first caps for the national team, while Richard Pautz and Ignatius Malgraff are recalled to the squad too.

The South Africans are the 7 times champions of the African Cup of Nations tournament, and while they will be looking to make it 8, there will be a tough challenge from Egypt and hosts Ghana to deal with.

The squad including reserves will start a camp today at North West University before departing for Ghana.

SA Men’s Hockey Squad – African Cup of Nations

Player

Province

Caps

Siya Nolutshungu

KZN Raiders

28

Tim Drummond

KZN Raiders

150

Le-Neal Jackson

Northern Blues

8

Daniel Bell

Southern Gauteng

59

Connor Beauchamp

Western Province

0

Matthew Guise-Brown

Northern Blues

40

Taine Paton

KZN Raiders

120

Peabo Lembethe

Northern Blues

38

Owen Mvimbi

Southern Gauteng

49

Nicholas Spooner

Southern Gauteng

31

Sihle Ngubane

KZN Raiders

0

Richard Pautz

Southern Gauteng

31

Keenan Horne

Western Province

69

Tevin Kok

KZN Raiders

40

Bili Ntuli

Northern Blues

63

Ignatius Malgraff

Eastern Province

67

Tyson Dlungwana

Northern Blues

50

Gowan Jones

KZN Raiders

48