The South African U23 National soccer team has started camp in preparation for a clash with neighbours Zimbabwe on 19 July at Rufaro Stadium in a critical Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifier.

The winner of the South Africa/Zimbabwe two-legged encounter will qualify for the Eight Nations qualifying tournament which will serve as a final qualifier for the Rio Olympics. The 8 Nations tournament in Dakar, Senegal will be played from 28 November – 12 December 2015.

All training sessions will take place at Nike Centre.

The team will depart for Harare on 17 July and the match is scheduled to kick off at 15h00.

SA MEN’S UNDER-23 NATIONAL TEAM:

GOALKEEPERS: Steven HOFFMAN (Vasco Da Gama FC), Ricardo GOSS (Golden Arrows), Nkosingiphile GUMEDE (Golden Arrows)

DEFENDERS: Tshepo RHIKOTSO (Bloemfontein Celtic), Kwanda MNGONYAMA (Maritzburg United), Modisha MODJEKA (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thabo MAKHELE (Witbank Spurs), Tebogo MOERANE (BidVest Wits), Zitha MACHEKE (Kaizer Chiefs), Siyabonga DUBE (Golden Arrows), Lukhele MDLULI (BidVest Wits)

MIDFIELDERS: Ayabulela MAGQWAKA (Ajax Cape Town), Phumlani NTSHANGASE (BidVest Wits), Abbubaker MOBARA (Ajax Cape Town), Keagan DOLLY (Mamelodi Sundowns), Riyaad NORODIEN (Ajax Cape Town), Thapelo MORENA (Bloemfontein Celtic), Abednigo MOSIATHLAGA ( BidVest Wits)

STRIKERS: Siphiwe KAMBULE (African Warriors), Gift MOTUPA (Orlando Pirates), Menzi Alson MASUKU (Orlando Pirates), Siphelele NTSHANGASE (Black Leopards), Andile FIKIZOLO (SuperSport United).

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