A source at SAFA has revealed to this publication that the national U-23 coach David Notoane is planning on having an U-23 camp in Saudi Arabia in the coming international break.
This is to serve as part of the team’s preparations for the 2021 Tokyo Japan Olympics set to start in July and conclude in August of 2021.
The preparations were supposed to start in March, but like any other sporting event across the globe the coach’s plans were disrupted by the emergence of the Covid19 global pandemic.
Notoane will now get a chance to start preparing his troops for one of the biggest events in the world. The Olympics were meant to take place this year, but the Olympic committee was forced to move them back by a year due to the coronavirus.
South Africa’s road to the Olympics started away in Angola back in March where Notoane’s charges defeated Angola 3-1 away and 3-0 at home to advance to the next stage of qualification. In the second round Mzansi’s pride smashed Zimbabwe 5-0 on aggregate to qualify for the U-23 AFCON in Egypt where a penalty shoot-out against Ghana in the third-fourth place final guaranteed them a place in Tokyo.
The camp is expected to be more experimental with the coach looking to bring in players who have been raising their hands up in club football since last December.
SAFA is yet to release the list of the called-up players, but due to their participation with Bafana Bafana players like Pacos Ferreira’s Luther Singh, SuperSport United’s Teboho Mokoena and Kaizer Chiefs’ Reeve Frosler are expected to not be included in the team while names like Gift Links, Lyle Foster, Sipho Mbule, Kamohelo Mahlatsi, Kobamelo Kodisang and many other familiar faces are expected to be top of the coach’s squad to travel to Saudi Arabia later this month.
By Prince Sobayeni