The South African U23 team has left for Egypt.
David Notoane’s charges are set to take on the North African country in two international friendlies scheduled for June 10 and 13 in Cairo.
After all players reported for camp between Sunday evening and Monday morning, the squad had breakfast at Fun Valley technical centre in Eldorado Park before leaving for the airport at 10 AM.
This camp is part of the country’s preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics next month.
South Africa is in group A with hosts Japan, Mexico and France. They kick off their tournament with a much-anticipated clash against Japan on the 22nd of July.
Notoane will be disappointed not to have some of the European-based players in the camp. Cardiff City’s Siyabonga Ligendza and Leicester City’s Khanya Leshabela have been ruled out through injury while AGF Aarhus have refused to release Gift Links.
SAD Belenenses midfielder Sphephelo Sithole is still in Portugal sorting out his future with several clubs across Europe interested in his services. It remains to be seen if the defensive midfielder will be included in the final squad going to Tokyo.
On the other hand, Thabo Cele, Tercious Malepe, Luther Singh, Kobamelo Kodisang, Luke le Roux, Lyle Foster and Liam Jordan have all reported for camp.
All local-based players who have been called up are also on the plane to Cairo.
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