Thursday 15 April 2021
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Hockey heading to AFCON qualifiers

Congratulations are in order to national hockey team players for their selection to represent Namibia at the African Cup of Nations qualifiers in Cape Town on the road to Tokyo 2020.
Namibia’s women’s team lost their final match 2-1 to Thailand on 25 June this year in the seventh place play-off, after losing all three of their group matches.
They have one chance at the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers in South Africa this month when the continental champions will gain a ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games.
In Valencia in June, Namibia suffered heavy defeats in their group matches, going down 7-0 to Belarus, 10-1 to Spain and 17-0 to Canada.
“We are very proud that both our women’s and our men’s teams will be playing to qualify for the Olympics,” says Marc Nel, president of the Namibian Hockey Union.
“We have always been among the top 4 teams in Africa. We are trying to get to the position of second in Africa in field hockey. The men’s team have improved over the years, and we hope to end up with a positive result,” he continued.
The hockey president further elucidates that the Olympic Games are world ranking points and qualifying points for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
If both the men and women’s teams qualify in the top 12 teams of the world ranking, then they would automatically qualify for the Commonwealth Games, which is to be held in Birmingham, England.
“Qualifying for the Olympics will be tough, however qualifying for the Commonwealth Games; we stand a very good chance at that and that is a very important part to keep in mind,” Nel said.

The women’s team players are:
Magreth Mengo (C), Petro Stoffberg, Sunelle Ludwig, Jocelle Deysel, Emilia Kashopola, Jahntwa Kruger, Cele Wessels, Marcia Venter, Taramarie Myburgh, Jerrica Bartlett, Gillian Hermanus, Ina Louis, Berenicia Diamond, Armin van Staden, Phea Gerber, Joane van Rooyen, Jivanka Kruger and Marian Laubscher.

The players selected for the men’s team are:
Ernest Jacobs (C), DJ Strauss (GK 1), Richter van Rooyen (GK 2), Dakota Hansen, David Britz, Lenard Fick, Cody van der Merwe, Nico Neethling, Percy Bathram, Dylan Finch, Fagan Hansen, Baggio Karigub, Owen Hatton, Ruairi Hammond, Petrus Theron, Nico Jacobs, Brynn Cleak and Liam Hermanus.

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