The South African Hockey Association has today announced that Nkuliso "Inky" Zondi has been appointed as the Interim Head coach of the SA Womens Hockey team. The appointment sees Zondi take charge of the team for the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Ghana, in a bid to qualify for the FIH Hockey World Cup.

Zondi has been involved with the South African National programme for a number of years already having served as an assistant to Mark Hopkins with SA Hockey Men at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the FIH Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar later that year. He had previously completed the same role at the 2016 Junior World Cup, before late being appointed as assistant coach in the womens set up with Robin van Ginkel and was part of the management team at Tokyo 2021.

Inky is the current Head Coach of the womens program at Tuks University, where the team has won 4 USSA tournaments in a row.

Speaking of the opportunity Zondi was incredibly proud:

“We have a lot to do, to achieve and to focus on. Whats important for me is to make the most of the situation we are in and the opportunity we have. I have had an incredible privilege of being involved in the national teams for the past couple of years. I am honoured to have this opportunity and I look forward to helping the team make the country proud!”

Zondi will be assisted by Lenise Marais, the current SA U21 Womens Head Coach, who will focus on her task once the Junior World Cup in Potchefstroom is hosted.

Listen to Inky’s interview with Hockey the Podcast here