Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs defender Eric Mathoho has revealed his delight upon being selected for the South African Under-23 squad that will be competing in the Olympics.
Speaking to the club's website, the 26-year-old who was selected alongside club team-mate, Itumeleng Khune - as two of the three overage players said that the Olympics 'is an opportunity of a lifetime.'
"I am over the moon. This is an opportunity of a lifetime," he said.
"The Olympics is a stage that every player wishes to grace in their career.
"The Olympics offers one an opportunity to mix with top international athletes."
Mathoho's inclusion is expected to solidify the central defence of the Under-23 side who will face hosts Brazil in the tournament opener on 4 August at the Mane Garrincha Stadium.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic defender expressed his gratitude towards the Naturena-based outfit, stating that 'playing for Chiefs has really opened doors for me'.
"I am grateful for this opportunity. Playing for Chiefs has really opened doors for me and the hard work pays as well."
Mathoho concluded by saying that the pre-season preparations were progressing well.
"The pre-season training is going according to plan. We are almost ready to start what we believe will be a good season."