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SA women in shock World League loss to Chile


The South African national women’s hockey team suffered a heart-breaking loss against lower-ranked Chile in the FIH Hockey World League in Johannesburg on Friday.

Chile scored the only goal of the match from a great penalty corner variation through Manuela Urroz, shortly after the start of the second half.

The home team had various chances to score a few goals, but just could not get the ball in the back of the goal-box. South Africa didn’t get close to the levels they needed to play at, and a good few players looked a bit flat.

The loss means that South Africans now need to beat America in the last group game if they want to advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

South Africa are 13th on the world rankings and Chile 20th.

The SA women’s next game is against the USA on Sunday at 16:00pm. Saturday it’s the turn of the SA national men’s team again when the locals come up against Egypt at 16:00pm. This is a crucial encounter between the African sides, as the loser will in all likelihood be eliminated from the tournament.

All matches in the Hockey World League semi-finals are played at the Wits Hockey Astro in Johannesburg, and 20 of the world’s best men and women’s national teams will take part in these Hockey World Cup 2018 qualifiers from 8-23 July.

Picture of the women’s team singing the national anthem ahead of Friday’s game courtesy of  Jan Kruger/Getty Images