SA U23 coach David Notoane believes that his troops showed what they are capable of, and what they can offer for the national team moving forward.
This comes after South Africa’s national U23 side were held to a 1-all draw by Saudi Arabia at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah on Tuesday.
Notoane’s side played two international friendly matches against the hosts (Saudi Arabia). The first friendly match ended in a 3-2 defeat for SA this past Saturday. Coach Notoane used these two encounters as part of his preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.
“It is quite unfortunate that we lost this match. We created plenty of chances, however, goals could not come our way. Three of our shots at goal struck the woodwork in a match I believe we should have won,” Notoane told SAFA official website.
“And though I am disappointed with the result of the game, I am happy with the data that we collected from this camp.”
The 51-year-old mentor lauded the new players he has brought in to the squad for the job well done in these two friendly games.
“Players like Lelethu Skelem and Malebogo Modise who are new faces in this setup, truly showed us what they can offer this team moving forward. Zakhele Lepasa also raised his hand that he can be a goal-poacher for us going into the Olympics Games, to mention but a few players. They just need to continue working hard in their respective clubs and keep building on their weekly match performances,” Notoane concluded.
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By Mauwane Raophala