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2019 promises to be busy for both the SA men and women’s sides with the qualifying tournament for next year’s Tokyo Olympics scheduled for August in South Africa.

The competition will run from August 12 to 18, after which the African Games, slated for October 14-21 in Morocco, take over.

But hockey will not be part of the continental games as the northern Africa hosts don’t have hockey facilities.

That means that the continental championships in South Africa will double up as qualifiers for Tokyo Olympics.

The Africa Club Championships will also be held in December at a venue set to be announced, where Butali Sugar Warriors and Kenya Police will represent Kenya in men while Telkom Kenya and Strathmore University will carry the country’s flag in women’s event.

Last year, the focus was mainly on club action both locally and the Africa Club Championships.