Soccer Betting News - SA's Leading Soccer Betting Newspaper: Tokyo 2020 Team South Africa
Ronwen Williams

South Africa Under-23 coach David Notoane has announced his final squad selection for the Tokyo Olympic games kicking off Thursday the 22nd of July. After a proposed leaked squad and much speculation from supporters and media alike, the discussion can finally be put to rest only to see a new ones arising. Will South Africa finally progress from the group stages of the Olympics? Are these the players for the job?

South Africa have only ever qualified for two previous Olympics, the first being in Australia 2000 and the previous 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Notoane faces stiff competition in Group A, coming up against France, Mexico and Japan, which are two former gold medallists and a bronze medallist respectively. Amaglug-glug take on Olympic hosts Japan in their opening fixture, which is the only team they have previously faced in the tournament, losing 2-1 in the 2000 Olympics.

Coach Notoane has surprisingly selected only two overaged players for the tournament out of a possible four. The experience him and his staff have decided upon are Abbubaker Mobara of Cape Town City, who played in the 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams who has featured in Bafana Bafana on a few occasions.

The expectation for the U-23 squad is always a final step to stardom in the eyes of South Africa. We just have to cast our eyes to previous U-23 team photos to be reminded of what the nation is possible of producing. Our first appearance in the Australian 2000 Olympics boasted the likes of Quinton Fortune who went on to play for a prestigious Manchester United, Aaron Mokoena who holds the most appearances for Bafana, and the household name of Benni McCarthy.

South Africa U-23 Tokyo 2020 Olympic squadā€™s stats going into the tournament from their individual seasons.

Goalkeepers

Ronwen Williams

Ronwen Williams

Born: 21 January 1992 (age 29)

Club: SuperSport United

Position: Goalkeeper

Bafana caps: 15

Club stats last season: 30 appearances, 8 clean sheets

Mondli Mpoto

Mondli Mpoto

Born: 24 July 1998 (age 22)

Club: Bloemfontein Celtic

Position: Goalkeeper

Bafana caps: 2

Club stats last season: 3 appearances

Sifiso Mlungwana

Sifiso Mlungwana

Born: 27 April 1997 (age 24)

Club: Lamontville Golden Arrows

Position: Goalkeeper

Bafana caps: 0

Club stats last season: 31 appearances, 11 clean sheets

Defenders

Luke Fleurs

Luke Fleurs

Born: 3 March 2000 (age 21)

Club: SuperSport United

Position: Centre-back

Bafana caps: 1

Club stats last season: 20 appearances

Abbubaker Mobara

Abbubaker Mobara

Born: 18 February 1994 (age 27)

Club: Cape Town City

Position: Centre-back

Bafana caps: 9

Club stats last season: 26 appearances, 1 goal, 1 assist

Katlego Mohamme

Katlego Mohamme

Born: 10 March 1998 (age 23)

Club: University of Pretoria

Position: Centre-back

Bafana caps: 3

Club stats last season: 2 appearances

Sibusiso Mabiliso

Sibusiso Mabiliso

Born: 15 April 1999 (age 22)

Club: AmaZulu

Position: Left-back

Bafana caps: 1

Club stats last season: 25 appearances, 2 assists

Thabiso Monyane

Thabiso Monyane

Born: 30 April 2000 (age 21)

Club: Orlando Pirates

Position: Right-back

Bafana caps: 0

Club stats last season: 8 appearances

Midfielders

Tercious Malepe

Tercious Malepe

Born: 18 February 1997 (age 24)

Club: FC Minaj (Ukrainian First League)

Position: Defensive midfield

Bafana caps: 7 caps, 1 goal

Club stats last season: 15 appearances

Teboho Mokoena

Teboho Mokoena

Born: 24 January 1997 (age 24)

Club: SuperSport United

Position: Central midfield

Bafana caps: 9 caps, 1 goal

Club stats last season: 25 appearances, 4 goals, 3 assists

Thabo Cele

Thabo Cele

Born: 15 January 1997 (age 24)

Club: CD Cova Piedade (Liga Portugal 2)

Position: Central midfield

Bafana caps: 1

Club stats last season: 31 appearances, 3 goals, 2 assists

Sipho Mbule

Sipho Mbule

Born: 22 March 1998 (age 23)

Club: SuperSport United

Position: Central midfield

Bafana caps: 3

Club stats last season: 26 appearances, 4 goals, 6 assists

Goodman Mosele

Goodman Mosele

Born: 18 November 1999 (age 21)

Club: Orlando Pirates

Position: Central midfield

Bafana caps: 0

Club stats last season: 28 appearances, 1 goal, 1 assist

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo

Born: 16 November 1999 (age 21)

Club: Kaizer Chiefs

Position: Attacking midfield

Bafana caps: 0

Club stats last season: 39 appearances, 4 goals, 2 assists

Kamahelo Mahlatsi

Kamahelo Mahlatsi

Born: 23 August 1998 (age 22)

Club: Swallows FC

Position: Attacking midfield

Bafana caps: 7 caps, 1 goal

Club stats last season: 21 appearances, 2 goals, 1 assist

Luther Singh

Luther Singh

Born: 5 August 1997 (age 23)

Club: Braga (Portugal Primeira Liga)

Position: Right winger

Bafana caps: 3 caps, 1 goal

Club stats last season: 30 appearances, 5 goals, 5 assists

Forwards

Fagrie Lakay

Fagrie Lakay

Born: 31 May 1997 (age 24)

Club: Cape Town City

Position: Centre-forward

Bafana caps: 0

Club stats last season: 27 appearances, 9 goals, 5 assists

Evidence Makgopa

Evidence Makgopa

Born: 5 June 2000 (age 21)

Club: Baroka FC

Position: Centre-forward

Bafana caps: 1 cap, 2 goals

Club stats last season: 29 appearances, 7 goals, 3 assists

Lyle Foster

Lyle Foster

Born: 3 September 2000 (age 20)

Club: Vitoria S.C.

Position: Centre-forward

Bafana caps: 1

Club stats last season: 7 appearances

Kobamelo Kodisang

Kobamelo Kodisang

Born: 28 August 1999 (age 21)

Club: Braga B

Position: Second striker

Bafana caps: 5

Club stats last season: 6 appearances, 1 goal

Coaches and Management

David Notoane

Mxolisi Sibam: Team Manager

David Notoane: Head Coach

Kwanele Kopo: Assistant Coach

Wendell Robinson: Goalkeeper Coach

Nomthandazo Ncube: Kit Assistant

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