25 November 2019 – Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki has congratulated David Notoane and his charges for qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The South African U-23 Men’s National Team achieved the feat on Friday, 22 November after beating Ghana 6-5 on penalties following a 2-2 stalemate at the end of the regulation 90 minutes at the Cairo Stadium in Egypt.
The victory earned them a bronze medal, and they joined Egypt – the eventual winners of the 2019 U-23 AFCON – as well as Cote d’Ivoire who finished second.
Six other teams have also secured a spot in Tokyo – hosts Japan, France, Germany, Romania, Spain and New Zealand.
South Africa is heading to their third Olympic Men’s tournament, their second in a row.
They participated in the 2000 Games in Sydney and in Rio 2016 Shakes Mashaba and Owen Da Gama respectively.
Ntseki was on hand at the OR Tambo International Airport to welcome the squad back home.
This is what he had to say: