Johannesburg - South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani
confirmed the Under-23 side will be afforded all the players they
require for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games qualifiers.
SAFA met with the Premier Soccer League and National Soccer
League this week where it was decided U23 coach Shakes Mashaba will have
first pick of players from the respective PSL and NFD teams.
The committee also ruled that scheduled matches between NFD
outfits who have allowed players to leave for the tournament will be
rescheduled, although PSL matches under the same circumstances will go
ahead as originally planned.
"Considering that this was not a FIFA sanctioned date, I would
like to thank all for the spirit that prevailed at the meeting for the
release of these players and the continuous cooperation from the League
in the interest of national pride," Nematandani told the PSL's official
"I also want to wish the national team coach and the entire squad
the best of luck in their quest to qualify for the Olympics next year."
The U23s have been drawn in Group A alongside Gabon, Ivory Coast
and Egypt, and begin the road to London on 26 November against the Black