SA will not hold back any punches when they face Egypt in their U-23 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final tie at Cairo International Stadium on Tuesday (20h00).
SA goalkeeper Darren Johnson has explained that this is mainly because a win in that match will guarantee them a place into next year’s Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.
The top three finishers qualify for the Olympics.
Johnson, who is the only goalkeeper who is yet to concede the tournament, attributed his fine showing in goal to his teammates and technical staff.
“It feels really great to be the only goalkeeper who has not conceded,” said Johnson.
“However, none of this would have been possible without the support of my teammates both in defence and attack.”
Egypt, on the other hand, have conceded three goals from their last three group matches.
The 22-year old Ajax Cape Town shotstopper further stated that SA will prepare accordingly in order to ensure that they come with a win at fulltime.
“Our goal is to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, and a win in this tie guarantees us a ticket there,” Johnson said.