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SA’s U23 footballers hard in training for Olympic qualifier

As the country struggles with the current heat wave the South African U23 men’s football team have taken advantage of the El Nino effects to prepare for the 2015 CAF U23 African Nations Cup in Senegal which begins on 28 November.
South Africa will be looking to finish the tournament among the top three which will earn them a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.
‘We are happy with the week we have had, our main focus was building the mental toughness of the players,’ said head coach Owen da Gama (pictured above)
‘We’ve taken advantage of the heat wave; by training in these hot conditions and playing on average pitches throughout the week because those are some of the factors we will come across in Senegal.
‘Playing in the humidity and heat of West Africa has never been an easy task but this week has helped us to be mentally prepared,’ said Da Gama.
The squad will play a friendly practice match against the Mamelodi Sundowns F.C at Chloorkop, Johannesburg on Saturday morning.
They will then check out of national camp and return again for 22 November to polish up their final preparations before heading to the Senegalese capital of Dakar.

One Comment

  1. rufeus

    November 13, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Fascinating that SASCOC recently stated that only medal contenders will be sent to the Olympics, yet this team only hopes to finish in the CAF top 3?
    Have you changed the criteria?

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