Abandoned in Africa


Playing hockey in Africa is never as simple as it seems to the outside world. My foreign mates think it’s a joke that we get a ‘free’ qualification spot at the World Cup. They think being the champions of Africa doesn’t prove enough. Normally I laugh along with them and agree that perhaps it is a bit of a soft route to gaining entry into the World Cup which features the top 12 teams in the world.

What my friends at home in South Africa and my hockey mates from around the world don’t understand is that this is Africa, where anything can happen and frequently does.