Jun 22, 2024

Olympics: South Africa’s under 23 team to face France during a must-win game tie.

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Amaglug-glug under 23 Olympic team set to face France in their second match at the Olympic games 10:00 (13:00 SA time) on the 25 July 2021. Both teams are going to the second game with a nightmare for each of them. Amaglug-glug were beaten 1-0 by the hosts Japan with Takeshi Kubo 71 min goal strike a Real Madrid rising star, where as France lost 4-1 to Mexico.

Japan dominated the first half of  the match with few chances and commenced with an early free kick that was nearer to the SA’s poles. Japan scored a goal within the first half however it was ruled as offside. Rowen Williams was brilliant throughout the match with varied saves and Amaglug-glug only created 2 chances.

The team has qualified for Olympic Games thrice and have never reached the knockout stages of the tournament. Amaglug-glug is currently in third place within the Group A standings, with one defeat hoping to squeeze themselves to the knockout stages.

According to eyewitness news, South Africa was forced to miss two training sessions, with players confined to their rooms after being named close contacts. Notoane refused to use the disruptions as an excuse, saying “rules are rules” and praising his players for their efforts. But he also urged people to treat them humanely.

South Africa is facing a tricky task progressing to their second game, as a result of each team needing a win to remain alive in the group. It’s still unconfirmed whether the 2 players who tested positive (Kamogelo Mahlatsi and Thabiso Monyane) are going to be available against France.

South Africa under 19 man squad confirmed to be available against France however might still be affected by  COVID-19 cases in their squad.

Goalkeepers: Sifiso Mlungwana, Ronwen Williams,  Mondli Moto.

Defenders: Katlego Mohamme, Tercious Malepe, Luke Fleurs, James Monyane, Thendo Mukumela, Sibusiso Mabiliso,

Midfielders: Teboho Mokoena, Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Thabo Cele, Fagrie Lakay, Sipho Mbule, Goodman Mosele.

Forwards: Lyle Foster, Kobamelo Kodisang, Luther Singh, Evidence Makgopa.


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