SAFA : South Africa U23 leave for Brazil
South Africa’s u23 Men’s National Team will use the upcoming FIFA calendar week to fine-tune their preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics to be staged later this year.
Da Gama’s charges will travel to Maceio in the state of Alagoas, Brazil; tomorrow night 23 March 2016, to meet their counterparts in an international friendly match against the Brazilians scheduled for Sunday, 27 March 2016 at Rei Pele Stadium.
The match is scheduled to kick off 18h30 (SA time – 12H30 Sunday morning).
The South African National u23 team qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in December 2015, when they won bronze at the CAF U23 AFCON in Senegal.
“We are happy that the bulk of the players have reported for camp; only two players who have not reported to camp yet. Keagan Dolly will only report for camp tonight after his teams continental participation this past weekend, while Abbubaker Mobara has also not arrived.
The Golden Arrows pair Andile Fikizolo and Siyabonga Dube have been replaced by Paseke Mako and Iqraan Reyners respectively due to their MDC Championship tournament in Holland.
“The three players in Europe will join the rest of the team in Brazil upon our arrival on Thursday morning,” said Da Gama.
SA u23 squad to face Brazil
JERSEY NO. PLAYER’S NAME CLUB
1. Jody FEBRUARY Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
2. Luthando SIXHASO Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
3. Kyle PETERS Cape Town All Stars FC (SA)
4. Tshepo RIKHOTSO Bloemfontein Celtic FC (SA)
5. Kwanda MNGONYAMA Maritzburg United FC (SA)
6. Abbubaker MOBARA Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)
7. Thabo MAKHELE Witbank Spurs FC (SA)
8. Lorenzo GORDINHO Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
9. Tebogo MOERANE Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
10. Iqraan REYNERS Santos FC (SA)
11. Kgosietsile NTLHE Peterborough United FC (England)
12. Gift MOTUPA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)
13. Aubrey MODIPA Mpumalanga Black Aces FC (SA)
14. Keagan DOLLY Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)
15. Phumlani NTSHANGASE Bidvest Wits FC (SA)
16. Deolin MEKOA Maritzburg United FC (SA)
17. Paseke MAKO Cape Town All Stars FC (SA)
18. Lebogang PHIRI Brondby FC (Denmark)
19. Thabiso KUTUMELA Baroka FC (SA)
20. Sello JAFTA Free State Stars FC (SA)
21. Thapelo MORENA Bloemfontein Celtic FC (SA)
22 Lebogang MOTHIBA FC Lille (France)