SA U23 to host Zimbabwe at Harry Gwala

2015-07-30 06:00
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U23 coach Owen da Gama

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SOCCER followers in the greater Pietermaritzburg area are in for a big surprise and humdinger. This week the SA’s national soccer governing body, Safa, announced that the return leg of the Olympic Games qualifier between South Africa U23 and their Zimbabwean counterparts will take place at Harry Gwala Stadium this Saturday at 8.15pm.

The two teams played to a 1-1 draw at Rufaro Stadium last week although Owen da Gama’s charges felt hard done by Zambian officials’ handling of the game after awarding the host a dubious penalty towards the end of the game with South Africa leading 1-0.

Keagan Dolly had given South Africa a 67th-minute lead, but with the visitors heading for victory, Zimbabwe received a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty, converted by Walter Musona in the 83rd minute to restore parity between the two sides.

However, Da Gama’s side will start as favourites to qualify for the 8- Nation tournament in Senegal at the end of the year in which three African teams, which will go to Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will be decided.

“We are not going to take anything for granted in the return leg. Yes, we have done half the job, but we need to complete the task on Saturday evening,” said Da Gama.

As part of their preparations for the Zimbabwe return game, South Africa will play Rwanda in a friendly match at UJ Stadium (next to SABC in Auckland Park) before coming to KZN to intensify preparations.

Da Gama told Echo his plans for the game on Saturday are not going to be different except that a good win is needed.

“At least we know what to expect from them, we know each other very well and the only think we want as the host is to win and win in a good way,”said Da Gama.

FULL TEAM

TEAM NAME SOUTH AFRICAN MEN’S UNDER - 23 NATIONAL TEAM

ACTIVITY INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC QUALIFIER MATCH VS ZIMBABWEAN MEN’S UNDER - 23NATIONAL TEAM

DATE 27 JULY – 3 AUGUST 2015

NO. PLAYER’S NAME CLUB

GOALKEEPERS:

1. Ludwe MPAKUMPAKU Cape Town All Stars FC (SA)

2. Ricardo GOSS Golden Arrows FC (SA)

3. Jody FEBRUARY Ajax Cape Town FC (SA)

DEFENDERS

4. Tshepo RHIKOTSO Bloemfontein Celtic FC (SA)

5. Kwanda MNGONYAMA Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

6. Motjeka MADISHA Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

7. Thabo MAKHELE Witbank Spurs FC (SA)

8. Tebogo MOERANE Bidvest Wits FC (SA)

’9. Zitha MACHEKE Chippa United FC (SA)

10. Siyabonga ZULU Platinum Stars FC (SA)

MIDFIELDERS:

12. Ayabulela KONQOBE Cape Town Ajax FC (SA)

13. Abbubaker MOBARA Cape Town Ajax FC (SA)

14. Keagan DOLLY Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)

15. Gift MOTUPA Orlando Pirates FC (SA)

16. Jino MOEKETSI Supersport United FC (SA)

17. Phumlane NTSHANGASE Bidvest Wits FC (SA)

18. Maphosa MODIBA Mpumalanga Black Aces (SA)

19. Riyaad NORODIEN Cape Town Ajax FC (SA)

20. Lebogang PHIRI Brondby IF FC (Denmark)

STRIKERS:

19. Siphiwe KAMBULE Highlands Park FC (SA)

20. Andile FIKIZOLO Supersport United FC (SA)

21. Siphelele NTSHANGASE Black Leopards FC (SA)

22. Dumsani ZUMA Bloemfontein Celtic FC (SA)

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