Johannesburg – The Africa Cup of Nations hockey tournament due to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, at the end of September will now take place from November 18 to 24, the SA Hockey Association has announced.
The men's and women's tournament, which serves as the qualifier event for next year's World Cup, was postponed just days before the start, due to recent attacks there.
Gunmen entered the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 21 and used automatic weapons and grenades to kill at least 67 people.
The African Hockey Federation and the International Hockey Federation postponed the tournament when Kenya entered three days of national mourning following the end of the four-day siege at the mall.
As defending champions in both the men's and women's tournament, South Africa needs to win the Cup of Nations to qualify for next year's World Cup, in the Netherlands. – Sapa