1 November 2019 – Head coach of the South African Olympic (U-23) National Team, David Notoane, has named his 21-man squad to take part in the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to be played from 8 – 22 December.
Notoane has kept the bulk of the team that participated in the qualifiers of this prestigious tournament where the three top nations will represent the African continent at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
South Africa will vie for the top honours against seven other countries – hosts Egypt, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Mali and debutants Ghana and Cameroon.
This will be their third participation in the tournament, having played in 2011 and 2015, the latter earning them a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after finishing in third position under former coach Owen Da Gama.
Notoane’s charges qualified for African showpiece following great display against Angola in the second round – winning 3-1 and 3-0.
In the third and final round they showed no mercy to neighbours Zimbabwe beating them 5-0 in the first leg, and then played to a goalless draw.
Now South Africa has been drawn in Group B alongside Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Zambia.
They open their campaign with a clash against Zambia on Saturday, 9 November 2019 followed by the fixture against Ivory Coast three days later (Tuesday, 12 November. On Friday, 15 November they will play their last group stages match against Nigeria.
All the games will be played at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.
The squad assembles for camp on Sunday, 3 November in Johannesburg, and depart for Cairo via Ethiopia the next day (Monday, 4 November) at 14h00.
They will arrive in Egypt on Tuesday, 5 November where they will start their preparations for the tournament.
U-23 AFCON FACT FILE:
- The 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nationswill be the third edition of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations
- The quadrennial international age-restricted footballchampionship organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the men’s under-23 national teams of Africa
- Egyptwas announced as the new host nation of the tournament by CAF on 23 September 2017
- The competition will be played between 8–22 November 2019
- It will determine which three African teams will compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics men’s football tournamentin Japan
- Nigeriaare the defending champions.
2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations
South Africa 2 (2011, 2015)
Ghana 0 (debut)
Cameroon 0 (debut)
Ivory Coast 1 (2011)
ROAD TO EGYPT:
ANGOLA 1 – 3 SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICA 3 – 0 ANGOLA
** SOUTH AFRCA WON 6-1 ON AGGREGATE ***
3RD& FINAL ROUND:
SOUTH AFRICA 5 – 0 ZIMBABWE
ZIMBABWE 0 – 0 SOUTH AFRICA
SA U-23 FIXTURES:
Saturday, 9 November 2019
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Friday, 15 November 2019
Winner Group Av Runner-up Group B
19 November 2019
Winner Group BvRunner-up Group A
19 November 2019
*** Winners qualify for 2020 Summer Olympicsin Tokyo ***
THIRD & FOURTH PLACE PLAY-0FF
Loser SF1vLoser SF2
22 November 2019
*** Winner qualifies for 2020 Summer Olympics***
Winner SF1vWinner SF2
22 November 2019
SA MEN’S U23 NATIONAL TEAM SQUAD LIST
2019 AFCON – EGYPT
POSITIONS & JERSEY NO.
|20||Mondli MPOTO||Bloemfontein Celtic FC (SA)|
|16||Darren JOHNSON||Ajax Town FC (SA)|
|1||Andile MBANJWA||Richards Bay FC (SA)|
|7||Keagan JOHANNES||Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)|
|14||Siyabonga NGEZANA||Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)|
|18||Thendo MUKUMELA||Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)|
|17||Thabiso MONYANE||Orlando Pirates FC (SA)|
|13||Happy MASHIANE||Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)|
|15||Tercious MALEPE (c)||Chippa United FC (SA)|
|3||Katlego MOHAMME||University of Pretoria FC (SA)|
|21||Keanu CUPIDO||Cape Town City FC (SA)|
|12||Sipho MBULE||Supersport United FC (SA)|
|5||Athenkosi DLALA||University of Pretoria FC (SA)|
|19||Kobamelo KODISANG||FC Braga B (PORTUGAL)|
|6||Kamohelo MAHLATSI||University of Pretoria FC (SA)|
|8||Grant MAGERMAN||Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)|
|4||Teboho MOKOENA||Supersport United FC (SA)|
|11||Luther SINGH||Moreirense FC (PORTUGAL)|
|10||Phakamani MAHLAMBI||Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)|
|9||Lyle FOSTER||Cercle Brugge K.S.V (BELGIUM)|
|2||Itumeleng SHOPANE||Swallows FC (SA)|