SA Olympics team buoyant and ready to take on Pharaohs counterparts

Johannesburg – Safa has announced that the South African Under-23 Olympic team landed in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday weary but buoyant to take on their Egyptian Pharaohs counterparts in the first match of the two international friendly matches, scheduled for Thursday and Sunday.

The first match is on Thursday evening , kicks off is at 8pm.

Despite some challenges following the withdrawal of some key players due to Covid-19, the coach of the Under-23 side, David Notoane remains optimistic that his team will compete and take shape ahead of leaving for Tokyo Olympics next month.

Notoane said it has been a taxing week with all the Covid-19 protocols and travelling.

“We landed safely and it’s hot in Egypt. We have faced some challenges in terms of our preparations, with a few withdrawals due to Covid-19. However, we are grateful for the opportunity our Egyptian brothers has afforded us to continue with our preparations for the Olympic Games,” said Notoane.

“All our foreign based players; Luther Singh, Lyle Foster, Thabo Cele and Rowan Human are looking good and we have also been joined by Luke Le Roux and Liam Jordan. We are looking forward to our first game to see what the boys can do,’’ he said.

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