UJ Hockey assembles new squad for 2023 sport season

On Thursday, 09 February 2023, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) senior men’s hockey club has assembled and unveiled its 2023 senior men squad with new and returning student-athletes. The squad boasts ten (10) new first-year students and thirteen (13) returning students, who hail from various parts of South Africa and Namibia.

This initial phase of the programme is focused on the development of the cultural code, team building and physical assessments. From 13 to 17 February 2023, the club will host open trials and all aspects of training will commence a week later.

Head Coach, Moabi Malebye, said they are excited to start afresh and tackle the 2023 season.  “Each year is different and has its own challenges. We are eager to start preparation and build towards the key events of 2023.”

UJ Hockey Squad
UJ Hockey Squad. Photo: UJ/Nokuthula Mbatha

In 2022, the UJ senior men’s hockey team finished in 5th position in the USSA championships in Cape Town, while also coming 4th in Varsity Hockey in Pretoria in the same period.

With the assistance of the senior players who competed in various competitions such as the University Sport South Africa (UUSA) and Varsity Hockey in 2021 and 2022, the new players have adapted to the UJ hockey culture and playing style.

Head Coach, Moabi Malebye, said he was eager to start competing and finishing at the highest position. In 2022, the UJ senior men’s hockey team finished in 5th position in the University Sport South Africa (USSA) championships in Cape Town, and finishing in  4th position in Varsity Hockey in Pretoria in the same period.

The UJ Hockey squad:

**New players

Surname First Name YEAR Course
De Jager Cullin 4th BCom in Finance
Ryan Kapanda 1st CEP – Logistics Man
Klinenberg** Heinz 1st Chiropractor
Hoffmann Cade 1st Dip Sports Management
Jacobs Daniel 2nd Engineering
Gongo Jordan 1st Construction Studies
Ayeh Desmond 2nd Biokinetics
Gie ** Joshua 3rd Diploma Sport Management
Bartlett Hayden 1st BA Extended
Whittle Eli 2nd Engineering
Britz ** JP 1st BCom Indus Psych
Britz ** David 2nd BCom Information Systems
Leong-Colom Keown Post Grad Adv Dip in Business Management
Steinmann Stephan 1st BCom Logistics
Dube ** Manasseh Post Grad PG Diploma , Operations Management
Mokanyane Kabelo 1st BCom Marketing Man
Ndondo Othembayo 1st Dip Sports Management
Krumples Travis 2nd BA Industrial Design
Maseko Tebogo 2nd BCom Sport Management
Williams Joshua 2nd BCom Business Management
Nowele Unako 2nd B Com Industrial Psychology
Meyer Joshua 2nd BCom Marketing
Russell** Jason 1st CEP – Logistics Man
Modibela Nhlanhla 1st CEP – Logistics Man
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