SA U-23 might play Spain to prepare for Tokyo Olympics

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South African Football Association President Danny Jordaan says the SA Under-23 team might play against Spain in a friendly match as a preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

Coach David Notoane’s team qualified for the second Olympics in a row following a win over Ghana on Friday in the U23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.

Spain has also qualified for the Olympics. Former La Liga Managing Director in Africa Antonio Barradas welcomed them back home at the airport on Saturday.

The U-23 team will be part of the Olympics under SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee), which is the Olympic body in SA.

Jordaan says there are few issues they have to iron out regarding the preparations with SASCOC.

Notoane’s team is likely to get incentives for qualifying for the Olympics. SA also qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil after making their debut at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Australia.

Some of the U-23 players are likely to be fast-tracked to Bafana Bafana in the near future following their splendid performances.

Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki was also present to welcome the team at the airport. Ntseki says some of the players such as vice-captain Teboho Mokoena, Luther Singh and Siyabonga Ngezana have already played for the senior team. – Report by Vincent Sitsula

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