Cape Town - The South African Under-23 men’s national team played and beat Taifa Stars of Tanzania 2-0 in a practice
match on Tuesday afternoon in sweltering heat at Eldorado Park Stadium.
A brace from Gift Motupa brought out a sense of excitement from coach Owen da
Gama who insisted if the mental strength remains positive, this squad is
capable of achieving something at the 8-Nations tournament in Senegal.
Da Gama said while the result was great, it was not very critical in the bigger
scheme of things," said Da Gama.
"Our main focus was to have a look at combinations and a few players that we
have brought in for the first time in the camp.
"The boys are looking fresh and
we are looking forward to playing in Senegal.
"We are confident that we can qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics but we need to
work hard; we can do this.
"We wanted to play under these conditions because
when we get to Senegal we will have to deal with these type of scorching
"We as the technical team have being emphasizing the importance of mental
strength to the players; I believe that it will be a crucial component of our