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Starting XI: Japan v South Africa

South Africa's Under-23 side begin their Olympic campaign against Japan at the Ajinomoto Stadium.

Olympic Group A

Teams: Japan U23 v South Africa U23

Date: 22 July 2021

Venue: Ajinomoto Stadium

The South Africans qualified for the Olympics after finishing third at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.

The preparations have not gone well for David Notoanes's charges as Lyle Foster, Fagrie Lakay, Abbubaker Mobara and Sipho Mbule were reeased due to various medical reasons.

To make matters worse, Thabiso Monyane and Kamohelo Mahlatsi will miss today's clash after testing positive for Covid-19.

The squad were boosted by the arrival of Kaizer Chiefs duo Reeve Frosler and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, who arrived this week after their involvement in the CAF Champions League final over the weekend.

Here's how they line up:

South Africa: Williams, Malepe, Fleurs, Mukumela, Frosler, Mosele, Mokoena, Mabiliso, Singh, Cele, Makgopa.

Subs: Mpoto, Mlungwana, Mahlangu, Mohamme, Ngcobo, Kodisang. 

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