Notoane happy with Under 23 progress

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South Africa under 23 coach David Notoane has revealed that he is happy with how things have turned out in camp with his squad in preparation for the Olympics.

After missing out on friendly matches with different opponents, Notoane thanked the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government for hosting the team as they got a practice match against Golden Arrows on Thursday.

The coach is satisfied with the way his players have applied themselves though he feels there is room for improvement.

“We are very happy for the game, very competitive it had all the elements you can require in a football match; physical, high tempo, technical and tactical. We could see a lot of our players came in hard, pulling out of tackles but we had to push them to go in so I am very happy with the game.”

He also highlighted some aspects of the game that are worth noting and where he believed his side are improving drastically. “We worked on how to deal with build of opponents, trying to press them high up there and steal goals which we managed to score two goals from from those situations.

“Also from an assessment point, of course we can see where our players are from a conditioning point, those that are not playing regularly you could see they are still sluggish and the ones that are playing regularly you could see the level is a bit higher so a game of two halves although we won (3-1), it’s ok and a good preparation,” concluded Notoane.

By Wonga Sirayi

FARPost’s KZN Reporter

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