The South African team secured a spot in the World Cup next year after defeating hosts Egypt 2-1 in the final in Ismailia.
“This is the best achievement of my career,” said the 20-year-old midfielder, who is looking forward to some major goals next year.
“My objective for next year is to make the squad for the Commonwealth Games in Australia (in April) and the World Cup in India (November-December).”
Before the UJ player turns his attention to next year’s goals, however, he said his focus would be on the second edition of the Premier Hockey League, which begins on November 25.
Dlungwana is playing for the Golden Gate Gladiators and said the competition was important for South African hockey.
“We really appreciate the sponsors who have got involved as it provides a lot more exposure to hockey. It will definitely help the sport to grow.”
The second-year education student said he was delighted to receive an accolade at the UJ Sports Gala last month, being named the age category sportsman of the year.
“For me, that means I was consistent during the year and also brings a sigh of relief knowing that my hard work has paid off.”