Owen Da Gama (Gallo Images)
Rio de Janeiro - South African Olympic team coach Owen da Gama has named the starting XI to play Iraq in a do-or-die affair in the last Group A match of the
2016 Rio Olympics in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.
The match will be played at the famous Corinthians Stadium.
Kick-off is scheduled for 22:00 local time (03:00 on Thursday SA time).
Itumeleng Khune will start in goals while Rivaldo Coetzee will play
at centre-back with Tercious Malepe who will make his Olympic debut.
Abbubaker Mobara retains his place at right-back, while birthday boy Deolin Mekoa goes back to the left-back position.
Mothobi Mvala is back from suspension following his red card and will
play alongside Phumlani Ntshangase in the holding midfield.
Captain Keagan Dolly retains his place at left-wing with Andile Fikizolo making his debut at right-wing.
Menzi Masuku and Gift Motupa will start up front as the target men for the team.
South African starting XI:
Deolin Mekoa, Abbubaker Mobara, Tercious Malepe, Rivaldo Coetzee, Mothobi
Mvala, Phumlani Ntshangase, Keagan Dolly (captain), Andile Fikizolo, Menzi
Masuku, Gift Motupa
Substitutes: Jody February, Tebogo Moerane, Kwanda Mngonyama, Tyroane Sandows, Aubrey Modiba, Thabiso Kutumela, Tashreeq Morris