South Africa: Under-23 team coach appointed for Olympics

David Notoane has been appointed as the head coach for Olympic Under-23 squad. Photo: IOL

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The South African football Association (SAFA) has appointed the current head coach of the Mamelodi Sundowns MDC side, David Notoane as the head coach for the Olympic Under-23 squad.

This is according to a statement released by SAFA and confirmed by the association’s Technical Committee Chairperson, Jack Maluleke.

“We have full confidence in David and we are very hopeful that with him at the helm, we will qualify for our successive Olympic tournament following the show in Rio in 2016,” said Maluleke, adding that in Notoane, the association has a proven and loyal servant of South African football.

Notoane expressed excitement about this project, saying that he looks forward to do justice to the faith shown in him by doing his utmost best to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the association, especially President Danny Jordaan and head of the Technical Committee, Mr Maluleke for the faith shown in me and not forgetting my club Mamelodi Sundowns who allowed me to take up this latest challenge,” he said.

He noted that he has already started identifying players for the upcoming assignment. Notoan has led the country’s Unde-20 Men’s National Team (Amajita), to the historic Commonwealth Cup title in Russia in 2015.

He has also worked with Amajita Head Coach, Thabo Senong as his assistant during the CAF u20 8-Nations tournament in Senegal the same year. He reached the final of the Durban annual u19 International tournament in 2016 before losing to eventual winners Arsenal.

The Olympic team is set to begin their journey for Tokyo 2020 with a first round match against Angola next month.

The overall winner of this encounter will play against either Zimbabwe or eSwatini or Mozambique for a ticket to the 8-Nation tournament scheduled for Egypt in November this year where three top countries will qualify for Tokyo 2020.

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