The former IRB Sevens Player of the Year will replace Paul Delport, who suffered a knee injury at the recent Sevens World Series tournament in Hong Kong.
Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu said the addition of Afrika was a welcome boost for the team.
“We are obviously gutted to lose another player because of injury, but that is part of the game,” Treu said.
“Cecil will bring a lot of confidence with him to the team. He is confident and looking forward to playing again, but we want to phase him in with a view to have him fully ready for the Sevens Rugby World.” Afrika has not been in action since December 2012, when he aggravated a knee injury at the Nelson Mandela Bay SA Sevens in Port Elizabeth.
His availability is good news for South Africa, who suffered a disappointing bowl semi-final exit in Hong Kong.
Afrika is a prolific points scorer, one of the real star figures of the World Series and a player who can change the course of a match in his team’s favour with a flash of individual brilliance.
“Cecil’s alertness and attacking style create a lot of uncertainty for defenders and hopefully that will create some extra opportunities for us,” Treu said.
South Africa is drawn alongside Hong Kong champions, Fiji, Portugal and fast-improving Spain in Pool A of the Tokyo tournament.
After six of the nine rounds in the 2012/13 World Series, defending champions New Zealand lead with 113 points from Fiji in second place with 88 points. Samoa moved up to third place on 84, while South Africa are now fourth with 78 points. Kenya with 72 points behind their names climbed to fifth in the standings.