University of Johannesburg hockey star Tyson Dlungwana is keen to make an impact when he turns out for the South African senior squad in the Africa Cup tournament, starting in Ismailia, Egypt, on Sunday.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who has nine tests under his belt, said he was privileged to be chosen for his country and wanted to display the improvement in his game.
The second-year education student, who grew up in Maritzburg but now is in residence at UJ, said he had focused on a number of areas to continue his development.
“Firstly, my one-on-one defensive work has improved as this was a weakness at one stage,” said Dlungwana, who was named the age category sportsman of the year at the UJ Sports Gala awards function last week.
“Secondly, I have been working on my long-ball distribution and I have become much more confident in that area.”
While South Africa are the defending champions, the UJ star said they expected stiff competition in Ismailia.
“Going to any country on this continent will always have its challenges, but ultimately the biggest test for us will be beating hosts Egypt,” he said.
“We will need to show the character to do to them what they did to us when they beat us (2-1) in the World League semi-finals in Johannesburg this year.”