South African Olympic team coach Owen da Gama has named the starting 11 to play Iraq in a do or die affair in the last group A match of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Sao Paulo on Thursday morning.

South African Olympic team coach Owen da Gama has named the starting 11 to play Iraq in a do or die affair in the last group A match of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Sao Paulo on Thursday morning.

The match will be played at the famous Corinthians Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 22h00 local time (SA time 03h00).

Itumeleng Khune will start in goals while Rivaldo Coetzee will play at centre back with Tercious Malepe who will make his Olympic debut. Abbubaker

Mobara will retain his place at right back, while birthday boy Deolin Mekoa goes back to the left back position.

Mothobi Mvala is back from suspension following his red card and will play alongside Phumalni Ntshangase in the holding midfield.

Captain Keagan Dolly retains his place at left wing with Andile Fikizolo making his debut at right wing.

Menzi Masuku and Gift Motupa will start upfront as the target men for the team.


South African starting XI:
Itumeleng Khune; Deolin Mekoa; Abbubaker MobaraTercious Malepe; Rivaldo Coetzee; Mothobi Mvala; Phumlani Ntshangase; Keagan Dolly (c); Andile Fikizolo; Menzi Masuku; Gift Motupa

Subs:
Jody February; Tebogo Moerane; Kwanda Mngonyama; Tyroane Sandows; Aubrey Modiba; Thabiso Kutumela; Tashreeq Morris

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