South African Skipper Tim Drummond expressed his team’s excitement on arriving at the Biju Patnaik International Airport on Wednesday night for the much-awaited Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.
South Africa will head to the tournament for the 6th time looking to outdo their previous best of 10th place, achieved in both 2010 and 1994.
“It will be a privilege to play India in the first match and experience the crowd. I have heard it is going to be very loud with all the cheering,” Drummond said.
“Though it’s not my first time in India, many of my teammates are travelling here for the first time and they are very excited to be playing in Bhubaneswar, which has great support for hockey,” the South African captain added.
He is confident that they will improve from their 10th place finish during the last edition.
“South Africa’s best performance in the past was finishing 10th and we will certainly be looking at improving that.
South Africa will also be most definitely be inspired by the journeys of Ireland and Spain at the Women’s Hockey World Cup earlier this year, in looking to cause an upset that would really cause waves in India.
South Africa men’s team for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018:
Gowan Jones, Rassie Pieterse,Tim Drummond, Dayaan Cassiem, Taylor Dart, Tyson Dlungwana, Jethro Eustice, Rhett Halkett, Tommy Hammond, Keenan Horne, Julian Hykes, Peabo Lembethe, Mo Mea, Bili Ntuli, Taine Paton, Richard Pautz, Austin Smith, Nick Spooner