U23 held to a draw by Saudi Arabia


On Tuesday afternoon, the South African U23 national team was held to a 1-1 draw by Saudi Arabia in what was the second international friendly between the two nations in a matter of days.

On Saturday the hosts defeated David Notoane’s men 3-2 in a highly contested encounter and again the visitors were not able to pick up a victory in the second game. 

Leletu Skelem put South Africa ahead in the 56th minute before Abdulharaham Ghareeb levelled matters with a penalty 13 minutes before full time. 

Second half substitute Fagrie Lakay could have won the game for the visitors, but after working hard to round the goalkeeper his effort hit the woodwork late in the game. 

This tour was part of South Africa’s preparations for the Olympic games that are set to take place in Tokyo (Japan) in July 2021. This will be the second consecutive Olympics for the Southern African nation. 

South Africa is expected to fly back from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday as the international break concludes its business and all players expected to report back to their respective clubs.

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