Absa Premiership

Modiba chuffed with Olympic call-up

2016-07-22 15:09
Aubrey Modiba (Gallo Images)

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Johannesburg - Cape Town City left-back Aubrey Modiba says he's delighted to be part of the South African Under-23 team set to take part in the Rio Olympic Games next month.

The 21-year-old defender is optimistic he will do well in his first major international competition and hinted that Amaglug-glug will go all out to make the country proud and fight to ensure their passage to the knock-out stages.

“I’m very excited about the call-up, I’m really happy to be called to represent my country in the Rio Olympics,” comments Modiba.

“And yes I’m really hoping to do well there and obviously we want to do well as a team as well because it’s all about team work not only focusing on myself.

“I hope that we’ll be getting maximum points in the group stages so that we qualify for the knock-out stages and results will be what only matters.

Modiba had a stellar maiden season in the 2015/16 Absa Premiership campaign, which led him to win the PSL Young Player of the Year accolade.

He believes that the award gave him the opportunity to be included in the squad heading to Rio de Janeiro.

“Yes, actually I think it really boosted me a lot because if I didn’t win it my chances to be called for the Olympic Games were going to be very slim.”

“The number of games I played last season really helped and it was all about hard work.

“It really paid off, so I’m really grateful for the opportunity.”

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