SA Under-23 men’s national team coach David Notoane has named the final 23-man squad to face Congo in two back-to-back CAF U23 Olympic Qualifiers this month.

South Africa will face the Congolese in the first match at Dobsonville Stadium on Thursday, 23 March at 15:00. They will then travel to Brazzaville to play the second leg at Massamba-Debat Stadium on 26/27 March.

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Notoane says he is very excited by the quality of the players he has selected to represent the country.

“It’s a very, very exciting squad and a very competitive squad,” he said. 

“This squad is a culmination of the work done from January to March in monitoring a lot of these players at their respective clubs in terms of the performances they’ve been dishing out week in and week out.

“There are those that were getting minutes in between and it has been very exciting to watch them. So congratulations to all the players that have made the final squad. We look forward to the game against Congo.”

Notoane says their goal is to secure qualification to the 2023 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Morocco in June.

DAVID NOTOANE SQUAD FOR OLYMPIC QUALIFIERS 

GOALKEEPERS:
 Lincoln VYVERCape Town Spurs FC (SA)
 Ephraim MOTHIBHEDIAll Stars FC (SA)       
 Olwethu MZIMELAAmazulu FC (SA)
DEFENDERS:
 Athenkosi MCABAStellenbosch FC (SA)
 Bradley CROSSMaritzburg Utd FC (SA)
 Wayne DORTLEYCape Town Spurs FC (SA)
 Siyanda MSANIRichard’s Bay FC (SA)
 Keagan JOHANNESSuperSport Utd FC (SA)
 Olwethu MAKHANYAStellenbosch FC (SA)
 Kamogelo MAHLANGU           TS Galaxy FC (SA)
MIDFIELDERS:
 Jayden ADAMSStellenbosch FC (SA)
 Samkelo ZWANEKaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
 Christos RETSOSAris Petroupolis FC (GREECE)
 Ethan BROOKSAmazulu FC (SA)
 Devin TITUSStellenbosch FC (SA)
 Kgaugelo CHAUKEExeter City FC (ENGLAND)
FORWARDS:
   
 Ashley CUPIDOCape Town Spurs FC (SA)
 Boitumelo RADIOPANECape Town Spurs FC (SA)
 Antonio Van WykStellenbosch FC (SA)
 Oswin APPOLISPretoria Callies FC (SA)
 Mduduzi SHABALALAKaizer Chiefs FC (SA)
 Thapelo MASEKOSuperSport Utd FC (SA)
 Yanela MBUTHUMARichard’s Bay FC (SA)

SA Under-23 men’s national team coach David Notoane has announced a 29-member preliminary squad to face Congo Brazzaville in two crucial back-to-back CAF U23 Olympic Qualifiers.  

The squad will face the Congolese in the first match at Dobsonville Stadium on Thursday, 23 March 2023 at 15:00. They will then travel to Brazzaville to play the second leg at Massamba-Debat Stadium on 26/27 March. 

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“Obviously this squad consists of players who did well in our matches in the earlier qualifying rounds. Also, those who are doing very well right night now,” said Notoane. 

“It is an exciting group of players and the tough job is to now finalise the travelling party after this preliminary selection.”  The preliminary squad will be trimmed to 23 players next week. 

David Notoane names U/23 Olympics qualifiers preliminary squad  

GOALKEEPERS:  

   
  Lincoln VYVER Cape Town Spurs FC (SA) 
  Ephraim MOTHIBHEDI All Stars FC (SA)        
  Olwethu MZIMELA Amazulu FC (SA) 
  Bontle MOLEFE Kaizer Cheifs (FC) 

DEFENDERS:  

   
  Athenkosi MCABA Stellenbosch FC (SA) 
  Omega MDAKA Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA) 
  Bradley CROSS Maritzburg Utd FC (SA) 
  Wayne DORTLEY Cape Town Spurs FC (SA) 
  Siyanda MSANI Richard’s Bay FC (SA) 
  Keagan JOHANNES SuperSport Utd FC (SA) 
  Olwethu MAKHANYA Stellenbosch FC (SA) 
  Khaya MFECANE          Cape Town Spurs FC (SA) 
  Kgaugelo Chauke called up for U/23 Olympic qualifiers preliminary squad by David Notoane
Kgaugelo Chauke called up for U/23 Olympic qualifiers preliminary squad by David Notoane

MIDFIELDERS: 

   
  Jayden ADAMS Stellenbosch FC (SA) 
  Samkelo ZWANE Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA) 
  Puso DITHEJANE Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA) 
  Christos RETSOS Aris Petroupolis FC (GREECE) 
  Ntando NKOSI Mamelodi Sundowns FC ( 
  Ethan BROOKS Amazulu FC (SA) 
  Devin TITUS Stellenbosch FC (SA) 
  Rowen HUMAN Maritzburg United FC (SA) 
  Kgaugelo CHAUKE Exeter City FC (ENGLAND) 

FORWARDS: 

   
      
  Ashley CUPIDO Cape Town Spurs FC (SA) 
  Boitumelo RADIOPANE Cape Town Spurs FC (SA) 
  Antonio Van Wyk Stellenbosch FC (SA) 
  Oswin APPOLIS Pretoria Callies FC (SA) 
  Mduduzi SHABALALA Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA) 
  Thapelo MASEKO SuperSport Utd FC (SA) 
  Siya LIGENDZA AFC Fylde (ENGLAND) 
  Yanela MBUTHUMA Richard’s Bay FC (SA) 

By Khotso Ramalatswa