Jody February: I’m not a fan of over-age players inclusion


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.

“I mean they (Safa) have 3 fantastic goalkeepers now. Whatever they choose, I guess the nation has to understand, “said February.

“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

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