The International Hockey Federation have today announced the nominees for the Annual FIH Hockey Star Awards. South African Hockey are pleased to share that Mustapha Cassiem has been announced as a finalist in the Rising Star category.
The Rising Star Award is for the best young player in world hockey and past winners include the likes of Artur van Doren, Gonzalo Peilat, Tobias Hauke and Jamie Dwyer amongst others.
Mustapha made his outdoor debut for the SA Hockey men on the 8 February 2020 against USA as a 17-year-old and made an immediate impact in scoring on debut. He would score another in the series before a COVID enforced wait meant he would next feature for SA against Namibia in May 2021. He scored four from four against our African neighbours and had a remarkable 8 wins from 8 tests so far.
Mustapha is also an indoor national and was part of the team that recently won the African Indoor Cup of Nations and qualified for the Indoor Hockey World Cup in Belgium. He has already scored 24 goals for the SA Indoor Hockey Men in just 8 indoor hockey test caps, a remarkable 3 goals a game.
But it was in Tokyo that the world got to see what we already knew about the younger Cassiem brother as he netted three goals, including the winner against Germany to get the hockey world and the Olympics themselves talking.
Mustapha has been nominated alongside Indian sensation and 2019 recipient Vivek Prasad and Sean Findlay from New Zealand.
For the next month fans of the hockey world will be able to vote for their favourites in the 8 categories on www.FIH.ch/hockeystars where of course you can pick Mustapha to win!