SA Under-23 side named for must-win clash

Owen Da Gama (Gallo Images)
Owen Da Gama (Gallo Images)

Rio de Janeiro - South African Olympic team coach Owen da Gama has named the starting XI to play Iraq in a do-or-die affair in the last Group A match of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

The match will be played at the famous Corinthians Stadium.

Kick-off is scheduled for 22:00 local time (03:00 on Thursday SA time).

Itumeleng Khune will start in goals while Rivaldo Coetzee will play at centre-back with Tercious Malepe who will make his Olympic debut.

Abbubaker Mobara retains his place at right-back, while birthday boy Deolin Mekoa goes back to the left-back position.

Mothobi Mvala is back from suspension following his red card and will play alongside Phumlani Ntshangase in the holding midfield.

Captain Keagan Dolly retains his place at left-wing with Andile Fikizolo making his debut at right-wing.

Menzi Masuku and Gift Motupa will start up front as the target men for the team.

South African starting XI:

Itumeleng Khune, Deolin Mekoa, Abbubaker Mobara, Tercious Malepe, Rivaldo Coetzee, Mothobi Mvala, Phumlani Ntshangase, Keagan Dolly (captain), Andile Fikizolo, Menzi Masuku, Gift Motupa

Substitutes: Jody February, Tebogo Moerane, Kwanda Mngonyama, Tyroane Sandows, Aubrey Modiba, Thabiso Kutumela, Tashreeq Morris

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