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 Spain and Netherlands in July this year.

For the South African side it’s the beginning of a new era as a new coach and a number of retirements gives the team a new look and feel. Centre to their quest to win a seventh successive continental title will be the form of IPT Player of the Tournament Kristen Paton along with the experienced Quanita Bobbs and Bernadette Coston in the middle of the park.

The squad was selected at the recently completed IPT at Hartleyvale in Western Province. The selectors took the opportunity to select a couple of players that will have their opportunity to win their first caps for the country. Nompilo Thenjwayo, Shindre-Lee Simmons and Stephanie Botha all earned the right to pull on the green and gold for the first time, a proud moment for each members family.

The series will see Inky Zondi take charge of the team for the first time, along with assistant coach Lenise Marais.

South African vice captain and flagbearer at the Olympic Games, Phumelela Mbande, shared her thoughts on the squad:

“We are incredibly excited for the announcement and getting the opportunity to go and play in Ghana. We love playing games in Other African countries. This is the start of our process to the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup later in the year, so we want to get off to the perfect start!”

SA Womens Hockey Squad for the African Cup of Nations

Player

Province

Caps

Quanita Bobbs

Western Province

137

Stephanie Botha

Western Province

0

Erin Christie

Southern Gauteng

63

Bernadette Coston

Southern Gauteng

150

Lilian Du Plessis

SPAR KZN Raiders

140

Tegan Fourie

Northern Blues

8

Tarryn Glasby

Western Province

47

Robyn Johnson

Southern Gauteng

23

Lerato Mahole

SA Under 21

5

Ongeziwe Mali

Western Province

15

Marizen Marais

Northern Blues

31

Phumelela Mbande

SPAR KZN Raiders

52

Mmatshepo Modipane

Southern Gauteng

19

Kristen Paton

Southern Gauteng

38

Hannah Pearce

Southern Gauteng

16

Shindre-Lee Simmons

Free State

0

Nompilo Thenjwayo

Southern Gauteng

0

Nomnikelo Veto

Southern Gauteng

21