The National under-23 Men’s Team reported for camp on Friday night in a cold Johannesburg as preparation for two international friendly matches against Egypt.

The National under-23 Men’s Team, which is also known as the Olympic Team, reported for camp on Friday night in a cold Johannesburg as preparation for two international friendly matches against Egypt as preparation for their Olympic qualifiers in July 2015.

Owen Da Gama’s charges failed to qualify for the 2015 All Africa Games, but understand the importance of qualifying for Rio 2016.The Olympic team will play two international friendly matches against Egypt in Durban on 11 and 14 June 2015.

“We are using these two matches to gel as a team as well as hosting two more African giants ahead of our all-important qualifier in July. During the All Africa Games qualifiers many of the players were new to the national team set up, we also did not have enough time to combine as a team, this time we want to ensure that come July when we play our first round of Olympic qualifiers our players know each other inside out. We will be working on the group’s strengths and weaknesses and how to support each other as a unit,” said Da Gama.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Nkosingiphile Gumede (Golden Arrows), Ricardo Goss (Golden Arrows), Steven Hoffman (Vaso Da Gama)

Defenders: Kwanda Mngonyama (Maritzburg United), Abbubaker Mobara (Ajax Cape Town), Ayabulela Magqwaka (SuperSport United), Zitha Macheke (Kaizer Chiefs), Thabo Makhele (Maluti FC), Tshepo Rhikotso (Bloemfontein Celtic), Modjeka Modisha (Mamelodi Sundowns), Riyaad Norodien (Ajax Cape Town), Siphesihle Stuurman (Cape Town All Stars), Siyabonga Dube (Golden Arrows), Tebogo Moerane (BidVest Wits), Lebogang Mabotja (Black Leopards)

Midfielders: Keagan Dolly (Mamelodi Sundowns), Travis Graham (Ajax Cape Town), Phumlane Ntsangase (BidVest Wits), Thapelo Morena (Bloemfontein Celtic), Abednigo Keoikantse Masiatlhago (BidVest Wits), Andisiwe Mtsila (Kaizer Chiefs)

Strikers: Dumisane Zuma (Bloemfontein Celtic), Siphiwe Kambule (African Warriors), Menzi Masuku (Orlando Pirates), Andile Fikizolo (SuperSport United), Bantu Mzwakali (Ajax Cape Town), Siphelele Ntsangase (Black Leopards).

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