South Africa national under-23 football team

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South Africa U-23
Nickname(s)Amaglug-glug
AssociationSouth African Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
Head coachDavid Notoane
CaptainRepo Malepe
FIFA codeRSA
First colours
Second colours
First international
 South Africa 0–0 Ghana [1]
Olympic Games
Appearances2 (first in 2000)
Best resultGroup Stage (2000, 2016)
Africa U-23 Cup of Nations
Appearances3 (first in 2011)
Best resultThird place (2015, 2019)
African Games
Appearances4 (first in 1999)
Best resultRunner up (2011)

The South Africa national under-23 football team is a youth football (soccer) team, which represents South Africa and is controlled by the South African Football Association, the governing body for football in South Africa. The team's main objectives are to qualify and play at the All-Africa Games and Olympic Games. The team has played at three All-Africa Games and one Olympic tournament. Players who are selected, will be 23 or younger in the following Olympic year. With the next Olympics being held in London in 2012, players need to have been born on or after 1 January 1989. At the Olympic finals tournament, the team may be supplemented with 3 over-age players.[2]

History[edit]

The team was started in 1994, when SAFA decided to form a youth team. The team has been sponsored by SASOL since its inception, leading to the nickname, 'Amaglug-glug'. The team's greatest achievements to date include a third-place finish at the 1999 All-Africa Games, hosted in South Africa and qualifying for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Tournament records[edit]

Olympic Games record[edit]

Olympic Games
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
Spain 1992 Did not enter - - - - - -
United States 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Australia 2000 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 5 5
Greece 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
China 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
United Kingdom 2012 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Brazil 2016 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 1 2
Japan 2020 Qualified - - - - - -
Total 3/6 6 1 2 3 6 7

African Games record[edit]

African Games
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
South Africa 1999 Third Place 5 3 2 0 8 2
Nigeria 2003 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 2 6
Algeria 2007 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 1 4
Mozambique 2011 Runners up 5 2 2 0 5 2
Republic of the Congo 2015 Did not qualify
Total 4/5 16 6 5 4 16 14
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

19 July 2015 2015 AFCON QZimbabwe 1–1 South AfricaHarare, Zimbabwe
15:00 CAT Musona Goal 84' (pen.) Report Dolly Goal 66' Stadium: Rufaro Stadium
Referee: Stanley Hachiwa (Zambia)
1 August 2015 2015 AFCON QSouth Africa 3–0 ZimbabwePietermaritzburg, South Africa
20:15 SAST Dolly Goal 2'90'
Motupa Goal 9'
Report Stadium: Harry Gwala Stadium
Referee: Simanga Pritchard Nhleko (Swaziland)
4 September 2015 FriendlyTunisia 0–4 South AfricaTunis, Tunisia
Report Mothiba Goal 30'63'
Goal 45' (o.g.)
Patel Goal ?'
Stadium: Stade El Menzah
7 September 2015 FriendlyTunisia 2–1 South AfricaTunis, Tunisia
Bguir Goal 2'
Goal 65'
Report Dolly Goal 90' Stadium: Stade El Menzah
28 November 2015 2015 AFCON GSSenegal 3–1 South AfricaDakar, Senegal
15:00 GMT Keita Goal 15' (pen.)20'
S. Sarr Goal 87'
Report Ntshangase Goal 27' (pen.) Stadium: Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
9 December 2015 2015 AFCON SFAlgeria 2–0 South AfricaDakar, Senegal
18:30 GMT Darfalou Goal 8'
Benkhemassa Goal 49'
Report Stadium: Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
Referee: Juste Ephrem Zio (Burkina Faso)

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

2019 South Africa Men's U23 National Team

Goalkeepers: Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic)‚ Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town‚ Andile Mbanjwa (Richards Bay FC)

Defenders: Keagan Johannes (Ajax Cape Town)‚ Siyabonga Ngezana (Kaizer Chiefs‚ Thendo Mukumela (Ajax Cape Town)‚ Thabiso Monyane (Orlando Pirates)‚ Happy Mashiane (Kaizer Chiefs)‚ Tercious Malepe (Chippa United)‚ Katlego Mohamme (University of Pretoria)‚ Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City)

Midfielders: Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United)‚ Athenkosi Dlala (University of Pretoria‚ Kobamelo Kodisang (FC Braga‚ Portugal)‚ Kamohelo Mahlatsi (University of Pretoria)‚ Grant Margeman (Ajax Cape Town)‚ Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United)

Strikers: Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Lyle Foster (Cercle Brugge‚ Belgium)‚ Itumeleng Shopane (Swallows FC), Luther Singh (Moreirense FC‚ Portugal)

Notable former players[edit]

Players who have previously played for the under-23 team, and have since gone on to play for the senior team:

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Under-23 National Team". Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/01/33/73/30/regulationsoft2012_update10.15.10_e.pdf

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