The Road to the Paris Olympics becomes clearer for African Hockey nations as the qualifier takes place at Pretoria University in Tshwane, South Africa from Sunday 29 October 2023 to Sunday 5 November 2023.
Seven African Women’s teams will battle it out with the winner securing the spot as Africa’s representative at the Paris Olympics in 2024.
The women’s tournament will see South Africa head up pool A along with Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Pool B will see Ghana and Kenya lock horns joined in a four-way battle by Southern African duo Namibia and Zambia.
The South Africans have won every occurrence since the return from Isolation, but have seen Ghana and Kenya make massive strides, showing some truly superb displays at the Commonwealth Games.
Celia Seerane, South African stalwart, can’t wait to get underway at the tournament, which is the only route for the African women’s Hockey teams to qualify for Paris Games.
“This is arguably the best preparation we have had for an African Cup. The most exciting aspect of the squad is the youngsters coming through who play without fear and with a spirit that is contagious.”Senior SA Hockey Player, Celia Seerane
“As a team, is incredibly excited for the opportunity to play and to test ourselves against the best in Africa.”
Inky Zondi, the South African assistant coach, is not taking the tournament for granted: “The African Hockey Road to Paris 2024 Qualifier is the only ticket any women’s side in Africa has to the Olympics.
“We know that no team has travelled to Pretoria to merely make up the numbers, and all our competing for a spot in the Paris Games,” said Zondi.
School students get free entry to the venue at the African Hockey Road to Paris 2024 Qualifier if you arrive in your school uniform or in your school sports uniform. Make sure you book your tickets through the app selecting the option under the 7 Day pass section.
Regular tickets are available through the SA Hockey Fan App.
South Africa Fixtures – Pool A of Africa’s Road to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games
Sun 29 Oct (4pm): South Africa vs Zimbabwe (University of Pretoria)
Mon 30 Oct (6pm): Nigeria vs South Africa (University of Pretoria)
Main Photo Caption: South African women’s senior hockey player Celia Seerane says that it is arguably the best prepared SA team ever ahead of an African Cup, at the official pre “Hockey Road to Paris” tournament media conference held at the HPC University of Pretoria is Tshwane, South Africa on Thursday. Photo: BLD Communications
Photo Caption: South African Women’s Hockey Assistant Coach, Inky Zondo (left), with senior player Celia Seerane at the official pre “Hockey Road to Paris” tournament media conference held at the HPC University of Pretoria is Tshwane, South Africa on Thursday. Photo: BLD Communications