With a gold medal to his name after South Africa won the Africa Cup last month, University of Johannesburg hockey star Tyson Dlungwana has switched his focus to two global tournaments next year.
The 20-year-old midfielder was a member of the national squad which were crowned continental champions last month, beating hosts Egypt 2-1 in the final in Ismailia.
That triumph secured the men’s team a place in the World Cup, while Dlungwana said he would also be working hard in the months ahead to fight for a spot in the Commonwealth Games squad.
“Winning the Africa Cup is a big step forward and I just hope I’ve done enough to solidify my spot in the side.
“My major goals for next year are to play in the Commonwealth Games in Australia (in April) and the World Cup in India (November-December).”
Dlungwana said he enjoyed the experience of playing in Egypt.
“We had to get used to the local food, which was a bit different from home, and we had to work hard as a team as we only got together three days before the tournament.”
He added that he was delighted to be named the age category sportsman of the year at the UJ Sports Gala last month.
“It’s satisfying to know that my hard work has paid off. I’m honoured and grateful to be recognised in this way.”