SOUTH AFRICA’S u.23 men’s team’s goalless draw against Brazil in the Rio Olympics should inspire the future Bafana Bafana stars ahead of the crucial clash against Iraq on Thursday (11/08). Their performance against Brazil was exceptional, considering that they finished the game with ten men after Mothobi Mvala was sent off for a second offense. None of the four nations in Group A (Iraq, Brazil, South Africa and Denmark) managed to score in their opening fixtures. All four nations are gunning for at least two wins to bolster their chances to progress to the next stage. Only two nations finishing on top, in first and second positions respectively, go through to the next stage of the global games. Current coach Owen Da Gama would want to do better than his predecessor, Ephraim Shakes Mashaba, who could not guide the team to the qualifier stage at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. This team included Quinton Fortune, Benni McCarthy, Steve Lekoelea and Abraham Nteo. South Africa’s results against Denmark in Monday’s (08/08) game are not included.