The South African Indoor Hockey Men renew their rivalry with Namibia in the first of four test matches this evening at Sunningdale in Western Province. With both teams heading to the Indoor Hockey World Cup in Belgium, a first for African Hockey, its a wonderful opportunity for preparation and tactical awareness.
Namibia will pose a number of threats and will be buoyed by their inclusion in the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup. They will also feel like its an opportunity to prove a point and bounce back from their defeat in the African Indoor Cup of Nations final earlier this year. The South African Men will know that their neighbours are filled with class and brimming with talent, including the likes of the Hansen and Britz brothers amongst others. There is also a great level of respect between the teams and a huge excitement to be playing once again.
The South Africans are of course under the tutelage of Justin Rosenberg as head coach for the first time, but the team remains largely the same from the one that secured the African title at Thomas More College. Justin Domleo and Jethro Eustice will be integral in leading the team in the preparation towards the Indoor World Cup.
National Indoor captain Jethro Eustice shared his thoughts ahead of the series:
"Playing Namibia is always a tough test for us. They are a team with tremendous talent, fight and structures. We know that with the Indoor World Cup loading this is the best opportunity for us to test ourselves on the court. All of us in the team are so excited to get back on the court and represent our country!"
The series will be contested without fans in attendance as the the two teams play under strict protocols due to the spread of the Omnicrom variant. The series will however be live streamed on the ES Media YouTube page. All four games will be available free of charge.
The first test of the African Indoor Test Series gets underway today as the SA Indoor Hockey Men take on Namibia in a 4 match series.— SA Hockey (@SA_Hockey) December 16, 2021
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