There was some fire in the belly when the South African and Namibian Men took each other on in the final group stage game of the Indoor African Cup. With both sides having easily dispatched of Botswana as well as securing their places in the final, the evening game offered a momentum opportunity but little else.
South Africa took this momentum with a Dayaan Cassiem inspired performance seeing off the challenge of their Southern African Neighbours. Both teams left a player out as a precautionary decision making but the game offered incredible feistiness regardless. There was lots of needle between the Hansen brothers and the Cassiem brothers adding to the showpiece for the viewers.
It was a tight battle for three of the chukkas but Dayaan Cassiem was the difference maker scoring a hat-trick of goals that all arrived at different levels of sublime. Although the Namibians fought admirably there was little they could do to stop the Dayaan train from coming home.
The South Africans, as defending champions, will be pleased that they have got through the tournament with a perfect record and particularly will be happy with the squad depth being tested and passing impressively.
Coach Ryan Hack, who led the team at the 2015 Indoor World Cup, was very pleased after the result.
“Its been a good tournament so far. We set ourselves some targets for the group stages and we managed to achieve every one of them. We have some great game changers in our team, but our team works well enough that the game changers are able to do their moments of magic.
The South Africans will look to the final at 16:00 to defend their crown and qualify for their fifth of six Indoor Hockey World Cups, while Namibia will be attempting for number 2. The answer to these questions will be revealed at 16:00 today live at Thomas More College.
Watch it live on Watch Hockey or on Rayder Media YouTube.
Indoor Africa Cup 2021 – Results Day 2 – Men
South Africa 30-0 Botswana
Namibia 37-0 Botswana
South Africa 9-3 Namibia
Indoor Africa Cup 2021 – Fixture – Final
16:00 South Africa vs. Namibia