Tebogo Moerane has a lot to be grateful for in 2016.

Tebogo Moerane has a lot to be grateful for in 2016.

The industrious leftback is definitely headed for the Rio Olympics with the u23 and he has vowed to make the best out of the tournament.

“This is a chance of a life-time and I want to maximize it to catch the attention of possible suitors,” he said.

The 21-year old Moerane has grown up in the SAFA structures having been an u17, u20 and now u23 international player.

The South African National u23 Men’s Team has qualified for the 2016 Edition of the Olympics Games to be staged in Brazil later this year after coming third in the u23 AFCON that took place in Senegal from November to December 2015.

“It feels good to progress through the junior national teams, and I would like to thank all the coaches who have worked with me throughout my youthful career. I am also proud to have one Bafana Bafana cap and I look forward to attaining many more. I hope to make the final squad for the Olympics as this is the second biggest tournament in football.

I have read up on what it is to be an Olympiad and the doors that can be opened for a young footballer like me; therefore I want to give 150% effort in all that I do so that I can achieve a lot going forward,” says Moerane.

You can catch the full interview with the u23 left back on SAFA TV on Saturday, 30 January 2016, on SABC 1 at 13:30.