Semi-Final Disappointment for the South Africans as India Triumph

India celebrate Mumtaz Khan’s (R) semi-final goal against South Africa at the FIH Hockey 5s World Cup Oman 2024 in Muscat on Friday, 26 January, 2024. Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo / (c) WORLDSPORTPICS

In a clash of titans at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup, South Africa’s aspirations for glory were dashed by a formidable Indian team delivering a masterclass performance in Muscat, Oman, on Friday, 26 January, 2024.

South Africa opened the scoring through Teshawn de la Ray with a well-taken reverse stick finish, and it was a goal the South Africans deserved, having settled into the competition quicker, but any elation was short-lived lead for the South Africans, as India levelled through Akshata Abaso Dhekale, a little against the run of play. 

South Africa’s inspirational captain Toni Marks re-established the lead with another well taken goal while at the other end Grace Cochrane produced a couple of high quality saves to maintain the lead. 

Although it lasted slightly longer, the lead would be relinquished this time from Ajmina Kujur, as the two teams produced arguably the most entertaining half of hockey in the tournament so far. 

The second half witnessed a relentless Indian onslaught, epitomising their finest 10 minutes of the tournament. Mumtaz Khan’s sensational strike marked the beginning of an Indian rampage, leaving South Africa grappling to contain the onslaught.

Pisal extended India’s lead to 4-2, while Jyoti Chhatri’s clinical finish further solidified their dominance. Despite Rea Phume’s spirited attempt, disallowed for technicality, India’s long-range effort sealed a resounding 6-2 victory.

Dirkie Chamberlain salvaged a late consolation goal for South Africa, but the mountainous deficit proved insurmountable. India’s emphatic win secured their berth in the FIH Hockey5s World Cup final, leaving South Africa to vie for bronze against Poland.

For South Africa, the opportunity to win a first ever FIH World Cup medal persists as they will take on Poland in the Bronze medal match. The game is at 17:10 South African time and exclusively available on Watch.Hockey.

Fixtures and Results at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup Oman 2024

24 Jan: South Africa 9-1 Zambia
24 Jan: South Africa 6-3 Australia
25 Jan: South Africa 6-2 Ukraine
26 Jan: QUARTER-FINAL: South Africa 6-4 Malaysia
26 Jan: SEMI-FINAL: India 6-3 South Africa
27 Jan: BRONZE MEDAL TIE: South Africa vs Poland (17:10 CAT)

Team South Africa at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup Oman 2024

#1 Merlé Kock
#3 Shanna Mendonca
#6 Izelle Cilliers
#7 Shirndre-Lee Simmons
#9 Teshawn de la Rey
#11 Toni Marks
#12 Dirkie Chamberlain
#16 Reabetswe Phume
#18 Marguerite van Wyk
#23 Grace Cochrane
Head Coach: Tsoanelo Pholo

Team India

#10 Bansari Solanki
#13 Rajani Etimarpu
#17 Mumtaz Khan
#18 Rutuja Dadaso Pisal
#19 Ajmina Kujur
#20 Deepika Soreng
#38 Mariana Kujur
#42 Akshata Abaso Dhekale
#64 Jyoti Chhatri
#68 Mahima Choudhary
Head Coach: Soundarya Yendala


Original Copy by Hockey SA, with editing by gsport

Main Photo Caption: India celebrate Mumtaz Khan’s (R) semi-final goal against South Africa at the FIH Hockey 5s World Cup Oman 2024 in Muscat on Friday, 26 January, 2024. Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo / (c) WORLDSPORTPICS

Photo 2 Caption: Dirkie Chamberlain (centre) and Izelle Cilliers (right) celebrate Toni Marks’ goal for a short-lived 2-1 lead for South Africa against India in Oman on Friday. Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo / (c) WORLDSPORTPICS

Photo 3 Caption: A formidable India delivered a masterclass performance to dash South Africa’s aspirations for FIH Hockey5s World Cup glory in a clash of titans in Muscat. Photo: Rodrigo Jaramillo / (c) WORLDSPORTPICS

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