Bafana Bafana

Masuku hails 'remarkable achievement'

2015-12-14 13:00
Menzi Masuku (Backpagepix)

Cape Town - Menzi Masuku and Gift Motupa have both expressed their delight following Amaglug-glug's qualification for 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

The South African under-23 National team secured their ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games following their 3-1 win over Senegal on penalties over this past weekend.

For Masuku, this victory was testament to the hard work that the team had put in since the opening game of the tournament.

“This is a remarkable achievement however you look at it,” said the Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder on the club's website.

“To bounce back from a demoralising semifinal defeat to Algeria and win... not only against anybody but the hosts Senegal. A team that beat us in the opening round of the competition makes this victory even sweeter.

“Many people thought we wouldn’t be able to defeat Senegal especially if you consider what happened in the opening round of the tournament but for us that thought never crossed our minds.

“We never stopped believing, we were focussed on one thing and one thing only, to qualify for Rio (de Janeiro).

“Our desire to make history by becoming only the second South African football team to qualify for an Olympics was far greater than the fear of facing the hosts in an all-or-nothing encounter.”

These sentiments were shared by team-mate and fellow goal scorer in the penalty shootout Gift Motupa.

“I said it before the start of the game and I’ll say it again,” Motupa said.

“We never lost hope; the pressure was always going to be on Senegal. We gave it our all and fortunately for us our efforts paid off.”

Victory over Senegal at the weekend sees South Africa book its place in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games for the first time since the famous Amaglug-glug squad of 2000.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

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

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

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.