The 24-year-old striker, who is studying human movement science at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, was part of the outfit who defeated home team Egypt to be crowned continental champions.
He was joined in the national squad by Madibaz hockey manager Cheslyn Gie, who was the assistant coach.
After drawing 3-3 with the hosts in their pool game in Ismailia, the South Africans came from a goal down to win the final 2-1 on Sunday.
The East London-born Malgraff said it had whetted his appetite for a busy 2018.
“Our performances in Egypt gave me the motivation to strive to become a better hockey player as there is a lot on the table for SA hockey next year,” he said, referring to the Commonwealth Games and World Cup.
The former will take place on the Australian Gold Coast from April 4 to 15, while the latter will be played in India in late November.
Malgraff said he felt the team had learnt a lot at the