150 up for Pieterse
14:32 Mon, 12 Aug 2019
150 up for Pieterse | News Article
Rassie Pieterse - FIH
The South African men’s hockey team goalkeeper, Rassie Erasmus, will be playing in his 150th test when they play against Namibia in their opening match of the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 tournament in Stellenbosch.

Six men’s and five women’s team will all attempt to book their spot in next years’ Olympic Games in Japan.

Pieterse who is only a handful of players in the country to reach the milestone in national colours told OFM Sport that he never thought he would achieve the feat.

“It’s a huge privilege to be playing in my 150th game for South Africa, I never thought that I would get there.

“It’s a massive honour and it doesn’t matter if it’s your first cap or your 150th, it’s always an honour representing your country.

“In the bigger scheme of things this tournament is very important for us. This is our Olympic qualifier and our road to Tokyo.

“Tonight is our first game and it’s against our neighbours, Namibia. We are lucky that we were able to play couple of test matches against them before we went to our previous tournament in India.

“So, we’ve got some experience against them.

“They are quite a young team. They are very fit and they are little fighters, so we will have to make sure that we are on song against them.”

The match between the SA Men and Namibia starts at 17:00, and tomorrow at the same time the SA Women take on Zimbabwe.

SA Men’s fixtures:

Monday – 17:00 vs. Namibia

Tuesday – 19:00 vs. Zimbabwe

Thursday – 17:00 vs. Ghana

Saturday – 17:00 vs. Kenya

Saturday – 17:00 vs. Egypt.

SA Women’s fixtures:

Tuesday – 17:00 vs. Zimbabwe

Thursday – 15:00 vs. Namibia

Saturday – 15:00 vs. Kenya

Sunday – 15:00 vs. Ghana.

@MorganPiek OFM Sport

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