South Africa Under-23 coach David Notoane is happy with the progress of his side, despite losing 2-0 to Egypt in their preparations for the Tokyo Olympics.
Notoane believes there are some aspects of their game that need to be polished, as they look to finalize their preparations.
He revealed that their friendly against the Pharoas was a difficult affair and they expected the challenge.
“The game against Egypt was difficult as we expected it to be, from a physical condition we were a little bit behind them. They were faster, quicker, stronger.
“But we started well, dominated the game in possession and created chances, but never took them.”
“Then we conceeded two bad goals from situations that we have analysed, which I’m not happy about. It’s situations that we are trying to work on, in terms of our defensive tightness.
“We still need to work on our finishing, it’s a bit of a concern when we create chances and we are not converting them. So overall, good information to take out of this game,” said Notoane.
The coach is expecting to give every player an opportunity to play as to see the readiness of the players and how they apply themselves in match situations.
“Look we first need to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to be tested in terms of what they can bring to the team.”
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter