The South African Hockey Association is pleased to announce a further twelve players that will join the South African Men’s Hockey team. Although they will not form part of the World Cup Squad, they will take part in the training camps and form part of the structure in the period following the FIH Hockey World Cup in India later this year.
With South Africa due to take part in the Open Series Finals, which replaced the World League, in 2019 in a bid to qualify for the Olympic Games, having the group of players together is important for Mark Hopkins and his coaching team to start building the processes towards Tokyo 2020. The twelve will join the already announced 29 players in being part of the larger squad.
From the FIH World League Semi-Final played in Johannesburg last year, Tevin Kok is selected. The Northern Blues striker has shown some blistering pace and ability when given the opportunity. Siya Nolutshungu, who is unavailable for the World Cup due to personal reasons, is named. Nolutshungu was the goalkeeper of the tournament at the CTM Premier Hockey League which completed this weekend. Both men were part of the South African team at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.
There are a handful of players with 5 or less caps including Melrick Maddocks, who went to the African Cup in Egypt last year, Indoor Hockey national Rusten Abrahams, Alex Stewart, Andrew Hobson and Matt de Sousa, who was victorious at both IPT and PHL this year.
Michael Abrahams from Eastern Province earns his first call up and will be joined by Thabang Modise, Mark Chong, Sam Mvimbi and Chris Makaba.
With less than 100 days to go to the 2018 FIH Hockey World Cup the excitement around South African Men’s Hockey will be reaching fever pitch.
Additional Squad Players (Caps in brackets)
Caps as per FIH TMS as at 30 August 2018
Tevin Kok of South Africa runs with the ball during the Mens Pool A Hockey match between South Africa and Scotland on day one of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast Hockey Centre on April 5, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia.
(April 4, 2018 – Source: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images AsiaPac)