ZIMBABWE women’s hockey team has moved a massive 20 places up in the latest world ranking of the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) after winning bronze at last month’s African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 competition that was held in Cape Town, South Africa.
Zimbabwe who were in position 66 on the table, find themselves on position 46 after a 3-2 win over Namibia, making them the fourth best hockey team in Africa. Before the latest rankings, Zimbabwe was ranked seventh in Africa.
Women’s hockey coach Angus McVey was overwhelmed with the results and praised the ladies for their hard work which gave them such good results.
“This is fantastic news, the World and Africa rankings came out this week and wow! What a boost for Zimbabwe Hockey and all the players who put in so much work in the months leading up to the Olympic qualifiers and the road to Tokyo tournament in Cape Town.
“To be ranked 46 from 66 out of 79 countries and ranked on number four in Africa is an incredible achievement. As coach I set the goal of improving on our world ranking of the team from the beginning. I am extremely proud of the results we have created,” said McVey.
Going into the qualifiers as the underdogs, the women’s hockey team impressed many, playing with their hearts and never giving up, beating high ranked Namibia and Kenya and losing only to South Africa and Ghana.
“Had we won the tournament it would have been a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. However, simply to win a medal of any colour is really quite an achievement.
“All this could not have been achieved without the support of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, Sports and Recreation Commission, but most importantly our sponsors and supporters out there who even in these very difficult times keep assisting,” he concluded.
National Women’s Hockey squad
Jordyn Clipstone, Jenna Mathieson, Alexel Terblanche, Belinda Marais, Farai Nengare, Keara O’toole, Georgia Allardice, Gugu Sibanda, Iman Johnson, Lilian Pope, Mary Houghton, Natalie Terblanche, Nicole Grant, Simone Herbst, Sophie Mcdonald, Michelle Williams, Roxanne Viviers, Nicky Watson.