21 October 2019 – Under-23 Olympic team coach David Notoane is busy finalising his final squad to compete at AFCON u23 tournament in Egypt which will determine which top three African teams will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Notoane is expected to name his final squad later this week and has been busy meeting different stakeholders. The team is scheduled to go into camp on Monday, 28 October next week where they will undergo mandatory medicals before flying out to Egypt.
This past week, the u23 coach has been meeting with various clubs and talking to some overseas players as he concludes his squad to travel to Egypt.
South Africa are in Group B together with COSAFA compatriots Zambia whom they meet in the opening game at Al Salam Stadium on 9 November, Ivory Coast and champions Nigeria. Group A consists of hosts Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana and Mali.
Group A matches will be played at Cairo International Stadium while Al Salam Stadium will host all Group B matches.
After the Zambia game, Notoane’s charges will meet Nigeria on 12 November and round off their group matches with a game against Ivory Coast three days later.
Last week, South Africa played to a 1-1 draw against Egypt in a practice game in Ismailia before narrowly losing 1-0 to the same opponents in a friendly international game at Cairo International Stadium on Sunday, 13 October 2019.