Namibia to help neighbours prepare for Games
29 April 2021 | Sports
The MTC Namibian senior hockey team will face South Africa in an official test match series starting this weekend at the Northcliffe High School grounds in Johannesburg.
The test series will run from 1 to 7 May and will serve as preparation for the South African senior side and give them an opportunity to finalise their squad for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The head coach of the Namibian side, Trevor Cormack, said they will also use the opportunity to finalise their squad for next year's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. South Africa are the defending champions, having won the 2017 edition. The winner will qualify for the 2023 Men's FIH Hockey World Cup. Also, the test series will expose the under-20 side to top competition as they prepare for a tournament against the top 20 nations in hockey. “It is a big team which comprises of youth and experience which we have selected for the test series and the task to do well is a big one,” said Cormack. The team will travel to South Africa today.
1 May test series one, 2 May test series 2, (both games will start at 15:30), 4 May test series 3, 5 May test series 4 and 5 May test series 4, the last test series will be played on 7 May (all three games will start at 19:00).
The names of the travelling squad are as follows:
DJ Strauss, Ivan-Mendes Semedo, Percy Barthram, Alex Kurangera, Baggio Karigub, Dakota Hansen, Fagan Hansen, Owen Hatton, Dylan Finch, Matukaramove Kavikairiua, Sachin Jaanda, Nicolai Hilbert, Brynn Cleak, Nico Jacobs, Damien Schütz, John-Paul Britz, Richter van Rooyen, Joseph van Niekerk, Pieter Jacobs and Nico Neethling.
Johan Weyhe (assistant coach), Marie Hansen (team manager), Jerrica Bartlett (video analyst) and Warren Moodley (physiotherapist).