Eric Mathoho (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The South African Olympic men’s soccer team now has a full complement of players following the arrival of the Kaizer Chiefs duo of Itumeleng Khune and Eric Mathoho.
The pair joined their compatriots in Brasilia on Sunday night after helping their club win the pre-season derby clash against Orlando Pirates in the 2016 Carling Black Label Champions Cup on Saturday.
Both come into the squad as over-aged players for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“It’s good to be back in the squad again after spending some time with them back home and had to remain behind due to club commitments,” said goalkeeper Khune.
“Now the focus is fully on the task ahead. As I have been saying all along I am really honoured to part of this team. I hope my presence influences the team positively, on or off the field, whether I play or not.
“I’m also hopeful that the experience we bring with Tower (Mathoho) will assist the team greatly and help guide us to the next round and beyond. We have a very strong team and I believe together we can achieve great things.”
Mathoho echoed Khune’s words.
“Many players have a glittering career but never get to taste the Olympics, so being part of this team is something I will cherish for as long as I live,” he said.
“While Khune and I bring some experience, I believe we will also learn a lot from this group, which will help us grow as players.”