England-based Bafana Bafana midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi believes the South African Under 23 Men's National Team has what it takes to reach the 2012 London Olympic Games.
South Africa faces Egypt in the last group stages match of the CAF Under 23 Championship in Morocco. The match will be played on Saturday, 3 December 2011. This is a must-win encounter for South Africa with two points after two matches. They two points adrift of group leaders Cote d'Ivoire, with Egypt second on three points.
"I haven't seen any of their matches but what I have read is that they have been playing very well, and I also know that we have good players who can bring the results. With this last match they should not put themselves under pressure but be positive about the outcome and anything is possible. They are in a tight spot, but playing Egypt should not worry them because they are not invincible. South Africa has an equal chance with all the other three countries of going through to the next stage," said Dikgacoi.
The midfielder is enjoying his football again after being on the sidelines for a long time due to injury, where he missed several matches for both club and country.
He was part of the Bafana Bafana team that held Cote d'Ivoire to a one all draw in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in Port Elizabeth last month (12 November).
On Wednesday (30 November) night he helped his club, Crystal Palace register a famous 2-1 victory over the much-fancied and star-studded Manchester United, and knocked them out of the Carling Cup. Dikgacoi played the full 120 minutes.
"I feel very good because I am enjoying my football again. It was a tough match against United and no one gave us a chance but we did it. I just hope I am over my injuries because they set me back in my career. As for my stay here in England I must say life is good and I get to meet fellow Bafana Bafana players Schillo (Steven Pienaar) and Bongz (Bongani Khumalo) from time to time. I often bump into our former captain Mbazo (Aaron Mokoena) as well. It's starting to get really cold and it's raining this side this time of the year, but it's part of the sacrifice," added Dikgacoi who was on his way home from training.
Crystal Palace faces Cardiff City in the semi-final of the Carling Cup in January next year.