JOHANNESBURG – With Banyana Banyana having failed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the Under-23 national mens’ team understands they are under pressure to deliver for the country.
That was the admission of the junior national team’s coach David Notoane, who’ll guide his charges against Zimbabwe in the last round of the CAF eight nations qualifier, starting in the first leg at Orlando Stadium, tonight (7pm kick-off).
Banyana crashed out of in the second round of the Olympic qualifier after suffering a 3-2 penalty shoot-out loss on Tuesday night.
The baton of keeping the country’s aspirations in the world event had since been handed to the Under-23s, who’ll first have to see off the Young Warriors of Zimbabwe first.
If they win against the Warriors, the South Africans will qualify for the CAF eight nations tournament that will be held later this year in Egypt, where they’ll need a top-three finish to make their second successive Olympic Games.