Hockey star to fly Mpumalanga’s flag in Spain

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Mpumalanga hockey star and goalkeeper, Mmatshepo Modipane in action during a domestic clash.

Masoka Dube

LOCAL hockey star Mmatshepo Modipane has been selected to the final squad to represent South Africa at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Open Series in Valencia, Spain next month.

The 29-year-old Bushbuckridge born Modipane was selected earlier to the extended group of players who participated in training camps prior to the selection of the final team. She was officially selected to the final group of 18 players that is currently preparing for the tournament.

Modipane, who plays for Southern Gauteng, honed her hockey skills at the Lowveld High School in Nelspruit and the University of Pretoria.

“I am excited and honoured to be part of the national squad. All the honour and glory to God,” Modipane told NEWSHORN.

The rest of the team consists of Erin Hunter, Phumi Mbande, Stephanie Baxter, Quanita Bobbs, Kara Botes, Dirkie Chamberlain, Lisa Deetlefs, Celia Evans, Tarryn Glasby, Lilian du Plessis, Robyn Johnson, Marizen Marais, Kristen Paton, Hannah Pearce, Sandi Tabata, Izelle Verster and Bianca Wood.

The African champion (South Africa) will take on Italy, Wales and Thailand in Pool B of the tournament, with hosts Spain partners in Pool A with Belarus, Canada and Namibia.

In a previous interview with NEWSHORN, team coach Robin van Ginkel said: “I am excited to take my first team to Spain and look to do well in the FIH Hockey Series. I am looking forward to the start of our four-year process and the success we can bring to South African hockey.”