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
“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.