Cape Town - Matthew
Booth insists that the national under-23 football side has the potential to
once again make it to the Olympics but knows that certain changes need to take
place to make that happen.
captained the Amaglug-glug at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 where they famously
beat Brazil 3-1 with goals from Quinton Fortune, Siyabonga Nomvethe and Steve
South African legends Jabu Mahlangu and Benni McCarthy as well as
global superstar, Ronadinho, took part in the game.
reason for the success of that side was down to continuity according to Booth,
something that he believes has been missing for years.
a footballer it is quite a unique achievement to be part of the Olympics – a once
in a lifetime thing,” he told Sport24.
were very fortunate, we belonged to a generation where we were together for two
or three years.
"So the key to our success was that we used that continuity in
playing staff and coaching staff and it hasn’t been replicated since.
Da Gama’s side is packed with talent and Booth believes that it will just take
a bit of patience and planning to turn the tide around and build a side that
can compete at any level.
think if they keep this current squad together for a long time and play lots of
friendlies then I think they will be successful because that’s South Africa for
you – we have an abundance of talent.
"It’s just that we don’t have consistency
and longevity when it comes to planning.”
take on Egypt under-23's in their first of two friendlies on Thursday as they prepare
for their Olympic qualifiers.