SA U23s ready for Nigeria


Do not expect South Africa to put their foot off the pedal when they face Nigeria in their final U23 Africa Cup of Nations group B match.

David Notoane’s boys will face the West Africans at the Al Salam in Cairo, Egypt, this evening (20:00).

This is according to SA midfielder, Teboho Mokoena, who scored a free kick in the 1-0 win against Ivory Coast on November 12.

As things stand, SA are top of Group B with four points, a point ahead of tonight’s opponents, Nigeria.

SA remain the only national side who are yet to concede in this tournament from the two groups competing in this quadrennial continental 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games qualifiers.

The 22-year old Bethlehem-born Mokoena stated that he and his teammates intend on building from their performances they produced in their last two games.

SA’s U23 team at training.

“We played really well against Ivory Coast in our previous match and Nigeria is another side that we will need to manage as well,” said Mokoena.

“We have been solid at the back in our previous two group games while pressing forward to create scoring chances of our own. The same approach will be applied in this tie, as we also want to win this game as well.”

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