PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mike and Kelly Krynauw will play for Zambia in the World Cup starting Monday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mike and Kelly Krynauw will play for Zambia in the World Cup starting Monday. Gerard Walsh

World Cup star plays for three countries and she's only 33

POLOCROSSE: The Zambia team for next week's Adina Polocrosse World Cup will be boosted by the inclusion of Mike and Kelly Krynauw, who missed last year's games against Australia.

Australia won the series in Zambia but the word was that Zambia would be tougher in the World Cup with their inclusion.

Kelly, 33, was unavailable last year as she was pregnant with daughter Madison, now seven months.

Mike, 31, is managing director of a frozen food import/export business and couldn't play due to work commitments.

"I was on the sideline cheering for our team when we played Australia last year,” Kelly said.

She is heading in to her fourth World Cup. She was part of the South Africa squad in 2007 and played for Zimbabwe in 2011.

They met when he was playing for Zimbabwe and she was in the South African team.

"We fell in love and I moved to Zimbabwe. Mike then got a job opportunity in Zambia that he couldn't turn down,” Kelly said.

After just one 90-minute training session this week, the Zambian team had almost decided which rider is going to ride which horse.

"We are very happy with the ponies we will be riding,” he said.

Polocrosse is much more than just wanting to play for your country.

"I enjoy the social side of the sport,” Kelly said.

"I have made lifetime friends through polocrosse.

"I really enjoy the team environment, you have to work as a team and not as individuals.”

Mike said both Australia and South Africa had phenomenal teams at this World Cup.

Zambia beat eventual winner South Africa in round 1 in 2015 before making the final and being runners-up.

Both are expected to predominately play No.1 (goal shooters) in this World Cup but have played in other positions.

Mike was No.3 (defence) for Zimbabwe in the 2011 World Cup in the United Kingdom while Kelly plays a little bit of No.2.

Zambia will play United States in the 3pm World Cup game on Monday and realise they will need to be at their best to win.

"We played USA in the last World Cup and only pulled away on the scoreboard in the final two chukkas,” he said