South Africa under 23 coach David Notoane has been left dejected by failure to secure friendly matches for his side in preparation for the Olympics.
The side was due to play preparatory matches against some strong opponents to gauge the ability of the side against the best, but due to travel restrictions that plan fell through.
Notoane, who is currently in camp with the team in Durban, reveals that his preparations have been disturbed. “I am disappointed and a bit frustrated because behind the scenes we were putting in a lot of work, we thought we could benefit from the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar where we were scheduled to play against Australia, then that would have given us an opportunity to get some of our foreign-based players to come back into the fold because the regulations did not affect them in terms of traveling to our borders.
“That fell off, we tried to get Egypt who were interested in hosting us, but then that also fell off that left us with a bit of a challenge”, said Notoane.
However, he is glad to have the camp in Durban as he prepares his team and trying to identify the right players.
“Luckily we must be thankful to the KZN provincial government for presenting this opportunity to be hosted here and pull the team together, then naturally with travel restrictions on a lot of countries abroad it meant then for the players that we wanted to bring from abroad we could afford opportunities to our local players,” concluded Notoane.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter