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Drummond on SA men's hockey stunning Germany: 'We knew we had it in us'

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South African men's hockey captain Timothy Drummond hailed his side's historic win against Germany as they finally opened their Tokyo Olympics account on Thursday.

South Africa, ranked 14th, stunned the fifth-ranked Germans to win 4-3 in their Pool B clash at the Oi Hockey Stadium. 

Matthew Guise-Brown opened South Africa's account with a goal in the ninth minute with their first penalty corner of the game as SA drew level with Germany.

Four minutes later, vice-captain Keenan Horne gave South Africa the lead at the first quarter. However, Germany fought back and led 3-2 at half-time.

Garreth Ewing's side produced a brilliant second half as Nic Spooner levelled with a bottom left corner goal.

Then 19-year-old Mustapha Cassiem crossed the ball, which took a massive deflection and was awarded the winning goal.

Drummond was delighted that his side registered their first win in Tokyo.

"It's awesome. It's something we've trained really hard for and moments like this and results," said Drummond.

"We knew we had it in us and it's just great for the guys to get this feeling now and hopefully we can remember this feeling."

Drummond praised the young talent coming through after Cassiem's match-winning goal.

"They are extremely talented, they've got lots to learn, but they've got a bright future," he said.

"We said to them that we want them to express themselves. That's what they're doing and it's awesome that they can do it on this international stage."

South Africa have one match remaining in Pool B when they take on Canada on Friday (05:15, SA time).

Drummond hopes they can keep the momentum heading into their final game of this year's Games.

"We're going to enjoy this moment, but we also have a massive game against Canada tomorrow so we've got to stay grounded and do our recovery and get ready for tomorrow," he said.

"It's important we celebrate the small wins like this, or big wins, moments like this, and then make sure we're ready for tomorrow so this result counts even more.

"I think it was always going to be a tough game, regardless of this result. We've got huge respect for them. They're a good side and have improved a lot.

"It's going to be a tough game. We know we have to bring the same level as this and even better. It's going to be a great game."

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