SA Under 23 squad returnee, Jody February, believes that the South African Olympics squad doesn’t need over-age goalkeepers.
“I’m really not a fan (of over-age players inclusion). But at the end of the day it’s not up to us as players, “said February.
The 23-year-old Cape Umoya United shot-stopper was part of the 2016 Olympics squad in Brazil but came back home without playing a single match.
Itumeleng Khune, one of the over-age players included by coach Owen Da Gama, got the nod ahead of February despite his heroic displays in the qualifiers.
“It’s up to SAFA and the board will make decisions. They need to choose properly to help the team where they (over-age players) are needed. In this case I don’t think they need goalkeepers, “added February.
February was named by coach David Notoane in a 78-men provisional Olympics squad which includes over-age glovemen Ronwen Williams, Ricardo Goss and Daren Keet.
The draw for the Olympics will be held in April. The final 22-men squad will be submitted to FIFA in July, few days before the tournament begins.
“Last time we were so close. I think we were a goal away and hopefully now the next bunch can go the next step and go to the last 16 or to the last 8 and represent the country. That’s what is all about, “concluded February.
By Innocent Ngwenya