Windhoek – Namibia indoor hockey national team captain Magreth Mengo has called on the International Hockey Federation to increase the number of African representatives at the World Cup.
Mengo insists that Africa has made tremendous progress in delivering quality indoor hockey and deserves international support to further grow the sport.
She made the remarks after an intense Indoor Africa Cup in Durban last weekend, which culminated in the Namibia women and South Africa men’s teams qualifying for the 2022 Indoor Hockey World Cup in Belgium.
Africa will only have one representative from each gender category, something that does not sit well with Mengo.
“It’s unfortunate that only one African country (per category) is going to the World Cup,” an emotional Mengo said immediately after Namibia defeated South Africa 2-0 to qualify. “We will be representing Africa, not just Namibia alone. We are excited to be there and we are going to set the standards of Africa at the world level.
“I think we deserve to be there and I am proud of my girls. I am proud of my nation, the journey and the process and the effort we put in.”
Tournament director Sarah Bennet said the Indoor Africa Cup was a great success, and she hailed the quality of hockey being played on the continent.
“This tournament was played during a tough period, brought upon by the coronavirus pandemic. However, the quality of hockey was of a high standard. It was fantastic to see the growth in Botswana hockey since their last international series,” added Bennet.