The U23 national football squad safely arrived at the Grand Park Hotel in Palestine ahead of their international friendly against the Middle-East nation on Saturday.
AmaGlugGlug coach, Owen Da Gama has further arranged a friendly match against a local side on Thursday in the hope that it would give him an early indication of how he would approach Saturday’s encounter.
“The road to Rio 2016 starts this week, after this friendly game, we will go straight into camp to prepare for the first leg encounter against Sudan in the All Africa Games qualifier,” Da Gama told the South African Football Association website.
“Then its qualifiers against either Zimbabwe or Swaziland for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and so it will get tougher with each passing day.”
“We have been experienced a serious problems with players that we have selected being forced to withdraw because they did not have passports,” explains Da Gama.
“We have identified a number of exceptionally talented and exciting players that would be brought into the set-up. And once Amajita have completed their African Youth Championship programme in Senegal, we will bring some of them into the fold,” further explained the U23 mentor.