Malepe’s assurance: We are ready for Egypt

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SA U23 captain Tercious Malepe has spoken of their preparations ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final clash against hosts Egypt at Cairo International Stadium (20:00).

The two countries are meeting in the Africa Cup of Nations and a win for either side will guarantee them a spot in next year’s Toyko Olympic Games.

SA have an idea of what to expect having played the hosts Egypt twice in a friendly match which saw them lose one game by a single goal and the other fixture playing out to a goalless draw.

“We also profiled each player in our analysis sessions and you can be rest assured that the boys are hungry to push for a win in this one,” said the 22-year old centre-back.

“Playing in the 2016 Olympic Games was a good experience for me and my only wish is to see my teammates gaining the same experience as well. We have been speaking about it and everybody is just highly motivated to realise this goal.

“Not everybody gets the opportunity to feature in two back-to-back Olympics games and this is one opportunity I really do not want to miss in my playing career,” added the skipper.

By Amahle Siphungu

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