Bafana Bafana

'Stiga' urges caution over SA U23 hopes

2015-06-15 12:29
Stanton Fredericks (Backpage)

Cape Town - Stanton Fredericks played at the 2000 Sydney Olympics for the national under-23 side and he insists that it is unfair to put too much pressure on this current side to reach the global showpiece.

On Friday, Amaglug-glug managed to secure a 2-1 win against Egypt under-23s in a friendly in Durban as they prepare for their upcoming Olympic qualifiers.

‘Stiga’ told Sport24 that it may, however, be too late to ask Owen Da Gama’s current under-23 side to deliver the goods as they haven’t been together for long enough.

“These players come in as individuals and to get them together to train for a week and expect them to win is not impossible but it is pretty tough.”

Fredericks argues that work needs to start at under-17 level in order to build a strong enough side to compete in Olympic qualifying.

“Our U17s have recently done extremely well and now what that team needs is continuity. We should rather be thinking of our U17s who have done well now and then we can say this team, in four years’ time, must qualify for the Olympics.”


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.


After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.