Cape Town - South Africa will face Under-23 AFCON hosts Senegal in the third/fourth place play off to determine who joins Nigeria and Algeria on the plane to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.
“We all need to focus on one thing, we need to know that this is important for our lives and our careers, so we need to focus on the upcoming game and forget about the loss," said South Africa Under-23 captain Keagan Dolly on SAFA website.
“We all have the same goal, we all want to go to Rio and, as I said, the boys are really disappointed with the outcome so I know they will come back fighting."
Senegal defeated South Africa 3-2 in the opening match of the tournament at the same venue where they will meet again.
“In the first game we did not have all our players, and now that everyone is on board I believe the boys look better and sharper.
“We are now used to our surroundings and the pitch, so we will give it our best.
"We picked ourselves up after the first loss and won two games in a row, I think with the character and quality in this team, the boys will bounce back and give their all against Senegal to qualify for Rio.
“It’s the most crucial 90 minutes for all of us, said Dolly.
South Africa and Senegal meet at 18:00 (SA time) at Stade Leopold Senghor, while Algeria and Nigeria will contest the final at 21:00 (SA time).