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Motupa predicts tough Senegal clash

Gift Motupa (Gallo Images)
Gift Motupa (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - South African Under-23 midfielder Gift Motupa says he has put the 2-0 defeat against Algeria behind him and is focussed on the 3rd and 4th place playoff against Senegal.

Motupa, who has been one of the better performers in the 2016 Under-23 African Cup of Nations said although he is disappointed at yesterday’s defeat; the match against Senegal still offers them an opportunity to book their place in next years’ Olympic Games.

“Look, no one likes to lose…it is always disappointing when we do but all is not lost,” Motupa said on Orlando Pirates website.

“It’s one thing losing and being knocked out but with the 3rd/4th place play off, we have a lifeline in a way because whoever wins there goes to the Olympics.

“Our match against Senegal will be a tough one, they are big and very physical but over and above that they are also technically sound.

“Fortunately for us, we come into this match with no pressure, we are considered the underdogs because for starters they (Senegal) are the hosts but also by the fact that they beat us in the opening game of the tournament... pressure will be on them to perform and we look to capitalise on that.”

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