Da Gama names u23 squad for Brazil friendly

Da Gama names u23 squad for Brazil friendly
owen-da-gama-amaglug-glugSouth Africa’s u23 Men’s National Team coach Owen da Gama, has named
a 22-man squad to face Brazil in an international friendly match scheduled for 27
March 2016 at Rei Pele Stadium in Maceio in the state of Alagoas,

The match kicks off 18h30 (SA time – 12H30 Sunday morning).

The clash is part of preparations for both teams ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
in August. It is also a clash that will give the visitors a taste of what to expect
when the tournaments starts.

Da Gama’s charges last played in December last year in Senegal when the team
qualified for the Olympic Games and has kept the bulk of that team that qualified
when they beat the hosts on penalties.

Da Gama has managed to secure the services of three overseas-based players –
defender Kgosietsile Ntlhe (Peterborough United FC, England); midfielder Lebogang
Phiri (Brondby FC, Denmark) and striker Lebogang Mothiba (FC Lille, France).

“You can never ask for a better opposition than this. First of all, we will be able
to measure ourselves with some of the best players at our level, and secondly we
will get a glimpse of what to expect when we return to Brazil for the Games. I am
very happy that we were able to secure this all-important fixture,” said Da Gama
“I believe, with my technical team, we have selected a very strong squad that will
show what we are capable of. No one will walk into the team; everyone has to work
for his position.”

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