South Africa national under-23 football team
|Association||South African Football Association|
|Head coach||Owen Da Gama|
|South Africa 0–0 Ghana |
|Appearances||1 (First in 2000)|
|Best result||Group Stage, 2000|
|Appearances||4 (First in 1999)|
|Best result||Runner 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.
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.
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.
Recent results and fixtures
|19 July 2015 2015 AFCON Q||Zimbabwe||1–1||South Africa||Harare, Zimbabwe|
|15:00 CAT||Musona 84' (pen.)||Report||Dolly 66'||Stadium: Rufaro Stadium
Referee: Stanley Hachiwa (Zambia)
|1 August 2015 2015 AFCON Q||South Africa||3–0||Zimbabwe||Pietermaritzburg, South Africa|
|20:15 SAST||Dolly 2', 90'
|Report||Stadium: Harry Gwala Stadium
Referee: Simanga Pritchard Nhleko (Swaziland)
|4 September 2015 Friendly||Tunisia||0–4||South Africa||Tunis, Tunisia|
|Report||Mothiba 30', 63'
|Stadium: Stade El Menzah
|7 September 2015 Friendly||Tunisia||2–1||South Africa||Tunis, Tunisia|
|Report||Dolly 90'||Stadium: Stade El Menzah
|28 November 2015 2015 AFCON GS||Senegal||3–1||South Africa||Dakar, Senegal|
|15:00 GMT||Keita 15' (pen.), 20'
S. Sarr 87'
|Report||Ntshangase 27' (pen.)||Stadium: Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
|1 December 2015 2015 AFCON GS||South Africa||3–2||Zambia||Dakar, Senegal|
|15:00 GMT||Masuku 46'
Motupa 51', 58'
|Stadium: Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
|4 December 2015 2015 AFCON GS||South Africa||1–0||Tunisia||M'Bour, Senegal|
|17:00 GMT||Masuku 85'||Report||Stadium: Stade Caroline Faye
Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar)
|9 December 2015 2015 AFCON SF||Algeria||2–0||South Africa||Dakar, Senegal|
|18:30 GMT||Darfalou 8'
|Report||Stadium: Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
Referee: Juste Ephrem Zio (Burkina Faso)
|12 December 2015 2015 AFCON 3rd place match||Senegal||0–0
|South Africa||Dakar, Senegal|
|16:00 GMT||Report||Stadium: Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor
Referee: Hudu Munyemana (Rwanda)
|27 March 2016 Friendly||Brazil||3–1||South Africa||Maceió, Brazil|
|18:30 BRT||Rodrigo Caio 15'
Felipe Anderson 20'
Andreas Pereira 73'
|Report||Mothiba 66'||Stadium: Estádio Rei Pelé
|4 August 2016 2016 Olympics GS||Brazil||v||South Africa||Brasília, Brazil|
|16:00 BRT||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
|7 August 2016 2016 Olympics GS||Denmark||v||South Africa||Brasília, Brazil|
|19:00 BRT||Stadium: Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha
|10 August 2016 2016 Olympics GS||South Africa||v||Iraq||São Paulo, Brazil|
|22:00 BRT||Stadium: Arena Corinthians
|Friendly||South Africa||–||South Africa|
Current squad and recent call ups
Caps, goals and club affiliations relate to the time at which the matches were played.
Notable former players
Players who have previously played for the under-23 team, and have since gone on to play for the senior team:
- Emile Baron
- Brian Baloyi
- Matthew Booth
- Delron Buckley
- Rowen Fernández
- Stanton Fredericks
- Quinton Fortune
- David Kannemeyer
- Steve Lekoelea
- Jabu Mahlangu
- Benni McCarthy
- Fabian McCarthy
- Aaron Mokoena
- Toni Nhleko
- Siyabonga Nomvete
- Andile Jali
- Thulani Serero
- Eric Mathoho
- Jean-Michel d'Avray (1993-1997)
- Ephraim Mashaba (1998-2002)
- Kenneth Kubheka (2002-2004)
- Styles Phumo (2004)
- Steve Komphela (2005)
- Pitso Mosimane / Serame Letsoaka (2005)
- Steve Komphela (2005-2007)
Olympic Games record
|1992||Did not enter||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1996||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2004||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2008||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2012||Did not qualify||-||-||-||-||-||-|
- Prior to the 1992 Olympic Games campaign, the Olympic football tournament was open to full senior national teams.
All-Africa Games record
|2015||Did not qualify|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.
- "Under-23 National Team". Retrieved 30 December 2010.
- "SA U 23 to depart on Wednesday". SAFA. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2011-12-26.