Aarhus opt against releasing Links for Olympics

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Another South African player will miss out on the upcoming Olympics after his club opted against releasing him for the games.

AGF Aarhus have taken a decision to not allow winger Gift Links to travel with South Africa to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo next month.

Links is one of the promising young players who are playing regular first team football abroad. The attacker had an impressive 2020/21 campaign in the Danish Superliga where he scored four goals and assisted another four strikes in 19 league games.

Since the games are outside the official Fifa international break, the Danish club have decided not to release the 22-year-old categorizing him as one of their most important players.

The Superliga starts in mid July and with the club set to participate in the new Uefa Europa Conference League, the club’s schedule has become tighter.

Links has established himself as a regular member of the starting line-up and the 2021/22 campaign is going to be his most important since moving abroad in 2019.

Coach David Notoane’s charges are currently in Egypt preparing to take on the North African country in two friendlies. The first friendly will be played today while the second game will be played three days later.

South Africa are in group A with hosts Japan, France and Mexico. Their first game is against the Asian nation on the 22nd of July before taking on France and Mexico in their other two group games.

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