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'Stiga' urges caution over SA U23 hopes

2015-06-15 12:29
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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.”

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