Illse Davids was among the goal-scorers for the SA hockey team against Ghana on Saturday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Going unbeaten during the pool stages, both the South African women’s and men’s teams booked their places for the finals at the African Hockey Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The amassed a total of 24 goals in four matches without conceding a single point over the last week. 

The men in turn had a tougher road to their final with Ghana putting up a strong challenge while Egypt enforced a stalemate.

The South African teams will be looking to retain their titles as African champions.

The men claimed a confidence boosting 6-1 victory in their final pool match to set up a rematch against Egypt.

The two sides will not only be fitting it out for continental supremacy, but also a place for next year’s World Cup in India.

Keenan Horne led the charge scoring a brace of goals with Jethro Eustice, Reza Rosenberg, Daniel Bell and Jonty Robinson.

The women’s side beat Ghana 3-0 to book their place in the final, where the two sides will meet again on Sunday.

Celia Evans opened the scoring four minutes into the match, before Illse Davids added a second three minutes later. 

The tournament points leader, Dirkie Chamberlain, landed her eighth goal in the 18th minute to wrap up the match.


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