SA Indoor Hockey Men look to defend crown and secure World Cup berth

17 April 2024 12:20
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The South African Indoor Hockey Men, proudly powered by Tops at SPAR, are gearing up for an exhilarating challenge as they head to Swakopmund, the esteemed venue of their triumphant 2018 African Indoor Cup of Nations victory.

Their mission? To defend their crown and clinch a fourth consecutive trip to the prestigious FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup.

Fresh from their commendable Top 6 finish in the previous Indoor World Cup, held on home soil, the South African team is riding high on momentum.

This stellar performance not only marked their highest finish to date but also secured a second African spot at the forthcoming 2025 edition in Croatia, slated for February next year.

With a world ranking of seventh, the South African Indoor Hockey Men are assembling a formidable squad brimming with talent.

Spearheading the team is Mustapha Cassiem, hailed as the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup Junior Player of the Year and reigning South African Indoor Hockey Player of the Year.

Cassiem leads a roster that includes several members pivotal in securing the inaugural Kathea Energy Nkosi Cup in December.

Bongumusa Mngoma, recipient of the Indoor Hockey IPT goalkeeper of the tournament award, will play a crucial role in the team's campaign in Namibia.

Mngoma's exceptional skills have been consistently recognised, having also claimed the same accolade at the 2021 Indoor African Cup of Nations.

Adding to the team's experience are stalwarts Jethro Eustic and Justin Domleo, both boasting the distinction of being the highest capped players in South African history.

The squad sees the inclusion of rising talents, with Dalpiarro Langford earning his place after a stellar showing at the SPAR & Tops at SPAR Indoor Hockey IPT, where he was named player of the tournament.

Additionally, Leruo Dithakanyane, Cullin de Jager and Hans Neethling will don the South African colours for the first time, poised to make their mark on the international stage.

Stay tuned to our platforms for forthcoming broadcast details and fixtures, as the South African Indoor Hockey Men embark on their quest for glory in Swakopmund.

South Africa Indoor Hockey Men – African Hockey Indoor Cup of Nations (caps in brackets)

Bongumusa Mngoma (27)

Jethro Eustice (50)

Cullin De Jager (0)

Justin Domleo (59)

Dalpiarro Langford (22)

Keegan Hezlett (32)

Dayaan Cassiem (33)

Leruo Dithakanyane (0)

Hans Neethling (0)

Mustapha Cassiem (33)

Idrees Abdulla (5)

Nicholas White (6)