Phakaaathi Reporter
Football writer
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12 Jan 2016
12:40 pm

McCarthy backs Gordinho for Olympic Games

Phakaaathi Reporter

Former Chiefs player feels Lorenzo Gordinho is what Owen da Gama is missing in his national under-23 team.

Fabian McCarthy. © Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Former kaizer Chiefs defender Fabian McCarthy has backed Lorenzo Gordinho to be part of the national under-23 team that will be competing at the Rio Olympic Games in August.

Gordinho was overlooked last year when the team was playing in the under-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal, which served as a qualification to the games.

“For me definitely! With the performances he has shown in recent games, I don’t see why he doesn’t go to the Olympics because also he can compete with Rivaldo Coetzee and Kwanda Mngonyama,” McCarthy told

“He’s up there, with such performances it will just make it easier for him to cement his place there and to make the starting 11 at the Olympic Games.”

The former Chiefs man believes the 21-year old Gordinho will add value into Owen da Gama’s defense, which was a bit shaky at the tournament.

“He is one that definitely needs to go to the Olympics in my opinion.”

“What we lack is the organisation… the two centre backs were playing too deep and Gordinho is one boy who knows how to minimise the spaces in front of him and behind him. And he is not scared to commit himself to tackles,” he added.