David Notoane, recently appointed South Africa’s Under-23 coach and tasked with getting the side to the Olympics in Tokyo, has a plan for one of the country’s bright prospects following a setback.
Keletso Makgalwa had been sent on loan to Maritzburg United by Mamelodi Sundowns at the start of the 2018/19 season, but little did he know that the agreement had an expiry date.
The 22-year-old returned to his parent club late last month as confirmed by Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia in the media and – according to the NSL rules – cannot be registered outside the window.
But Notoane, who has previously worked with the striker at Sundowns in the reserve team, has insisted on calling him for the Olympic team ahead of their CAF qualifiers as they begin their journey to Tokyo next year.
“He’s an impact player, a player that can change the game in a moment. That’s the thinking behind bringing him in,” Notoane told the Siya crew.
“We should remember that he went to the World Cup with the Under-20 two years ago and has got the experience. And he was playing regularly at Maritzburg until recent shenanigans – but that’s not for me to get into.”
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Notoane suggested there was a rescue plan for Makgalwa.
“You can’t give up hope when it comes to our talented young players. It’s not that he has been inactive. He went back to Sundowns and is playing friendly games with the reserve team. I know what he can do,” the coach said.