Deolin Mekoa (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - South Africa U-23 midfielder Deolin Mekoa has revealed his excitement ahead of facing host-nation Brazil in the 2016 Olympic men's football opening fixture.
The 22-year-old left winger was named in Owen Da Gama's starting XI for their opening game against the Selecao on Thursday (August 4) at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia.
The Maritzburg United player highlighted the honour in representing his country in a tournament of such magnitude.
"It’s just a matter of time before our opening match and words can’t begin to describe the excitement within me. Should I get the chance to play, I will do the best I can to assist I my team to success," he told SAFA's website.
Mekoa also suggested that Da Gama's side can repeat the feat of the 1996 Dream Team by 'giving Brazil a run for their money'.
"Being at the Olympics is a great honour for any player and I will make the best of this opportunity. As a team, I believe we have the ability to give Brazil a run for their money," he added.
"We are a strong team with very good players. When you look at our attacking players, you can just tell that the opposition is in trouble. We just cant wait for the games to begin."
Kick-off is scheduled for 16:00 local time (21:00 SA time).
SA Under 23 starting XI vs Brazil:
Khune, Mekoa, Mobara, Coetzee, Mathoho, Mvala, Motupa, Dolly (c), Modiba, Masuku, Mothiba