As expected, South Africa was the best nation at the Field Hockey African Olympic Qualification Tournament. The Tokyo 2020 quotas went to both men’s and women’s team.
In the women’s tournament South Africans took wins against all four rivals, without a goal lost, including the highest one – 6-0 over Ghana, that finished second in the classification. The following positions were taken by Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia.
Men’s tournament finished with a battle of Egypt and South Africa. This was a direct qualification game for the Tokyo Olympics as both had no match lost before. The Egyptians scored the 1-0 goal at the end of the first half but in the last quarter South Africans scored three times. Egytians only diminished the goal difference by scoring in the last minute of the game and South Africa won 3-2 taking the Olympic berth. As well as in the women’s competition Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Namibia were classified behind them.
The victory of South African teams doesn’t mean we will see them in Tokyo – in the history this nation declined the quota gained through the continental qualification events. If that would be the case also this time, the second placed teams (Ghana’s women and Egypt’s men) will get the opportunity if they are classified in top 20 in the FIH Ranking after the last continental championships. If they are 21st or worse, the quota will go to the highest ranked in the FIH Ranking loser of the Olympic Qualifcation Events.