At least SA’s youngsters still have a shot at Olympic dream

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At least SA’s youngsters still have a shot at Olympic dream

David Notoane, coach of the SA U23s (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

There is no doubt that world footballing body Fifa have taken the sensible option by extending to under-24 the age-limit for what is now the 2021 Summer Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo.

Can you imagine being someone who had gone through a grueling qualifying campaign and was looking forward to playing for their country against some of the world’s best young talent at the Olympics, only to suddenly not be eligible because the competition, originally for players aged under-23, was delayed by a year? For David Notoane and his South Africa squad, there is at least now the chance to focus on the year ahead, which actually gives the Under-24s a better chance of doing well at the Olympics, as they already looked a little under-prepared heading into Tokyo 2020, as it...


 

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