South Africa wins African Cup of Nations and qualifies for the World Cup

January 24, 2022
by Jordi Pi LletÝ Social Media Manager

South Africa wins African Cup of Nations and qualifies for the World Cup

The South African team were the main candidates and came back after a Ghana early goal (3-1)

Ghana, hosts of the tournament, took the lead with a goal by Opoku from a penalty stroke, preceded by a penalty corner that went to the post. It was the first goal conceded by the South Africans in the entire tournament, who shortly before the end of the first quarter would equalize with a good backhand shot from Maddocks that deflected a defense away from Azumah's reach.

In the second quarter Paton took advantage of a rejection in a penalty corner to put the 1-2 on the scoreboard in favor of the South Africans. It was not until the last quarter that du Plessis converted a stroke to put the final 1-3 on the scoreboard, which gave South Africa the seventh triumph in eight editions of the tournament.

On the other hand, the Africa Cup of Nations has had the presence of a representative from Terrassa. The referee Sandra Adell has participated in this tournament as a neutral referee in several of the matches played, including the final.

With the continental victory, South Africa joins the other six teams already classified for FIH Hockey Women's World Cup Spain & Netherlands 2022: Spain and the Netherlands (organizers); Belgium, England and Germany (EuroHockey), and Ireland (European qualifier). This week the four Asian and three Pan American representatives will be announced.