On Tuesday 24th January 2017 Sanani Mangisa, the well renown and accomplished South African Womens Hockey Team goalkeeper announced her retirement from the sport. Sanani and Professional hockey part ways with her having played 112 games for the National Team and having been involved since 2006 with the sport since being introduced to it at Stellenbosch University.
In 2008 Sanani travelled with the South African Womans Hockey team to play in the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing in China. The team didn’t do well at the tournament finishing fifth in Group with the likes of Netherlands and host nation China in the same group and eleventh overall. Sanani also travelled with squad in the 2010 Commonwealth games which were held in New Dehli in India where the team finished fourth overall. She was also recently involved in the 2012 Olympic games and also the 2014 Womans Hockey World Cup at The Hague in Netherlands.
In October 2015 SASCOC released a statement in which they acknowledged the unhappiness of both the men and women hockey teams at not qualifying for the Olympic games. They reiterated their position stating that the SASCOC Board firmly believes that the qualification criteria which have been agreed between the international sporting federations and the International Olympic Committee and based on World Olympic Qualification, is in line with SASCOC’s policy of producing world-class athletes who will compete at the highest levels. Thus the womens and mens hockey teams didn’t make the trip to Rio in 2016.
Despite all the ups and downs Sanani has reaffirmed her commitment to growing the sport in her blog where she stated: “It’s time to focus on some of passion projects, making sure mother kids have the same opportunities I did and a job that I am enjoying. Hockey Chose me and I will forever be grateful.”