South African women's hockey team's coach, Jenny King, believes her charges have the potential not only to qualifier for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, but also to do well in the quadrennial event next year.
South Africa will be engaged in the Olympic qualifiers in Nairobi, Kenya, from July 14 to 24.
They will come up against Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe and the team that finishes top will represent Africa in the 2008 Olympic Games.
King told Sowetan that she has been impressed by her players' excellent run in the recent Four Nations Tournament in Ireland where they reached the final.
The South Africans were beaten 5-2 by Olympics champions Germany in the tournament in Ireland a fortnight ago.
South Africa, the highest ranked country in hockey on the continent, finished 11th in the last Olympics and King is adamant they will do better in Beijing.
"The spirit is high in the camp and everyone is looking forward for the trip to Kenya," King said.
Adele Madsen, convenor of selectors, says it is important to win convincingly in Kenya to convince the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) that they will be a truly competitive unit at the Olympics.
"We want to make a statement in Beijing," Madsen said.
There were no surprises in the squad that was selected last week.
King's charges have also been invited to the Four Nations Tournament that will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Beijing from August 6 to 13. Other countries that will feature in the event are Australia, China and Argentina.
Squad: Sanani Mangisa, Sharne Bailey, Tarryn Bright, Cindy Brown, Ilse Davids, Lisa Deetlifs, Henna du Buisson, Lesley-Ann George, Kate Hector, Taryn Hosking, , Lenise Marais, Marsha Marescia (captain), Mariette Rix, Shelley Russel, Vidette Ryan, Vida Ryan, Kathleen, Jen Wilson (vice-captain