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SA U23s Suffer Big Loss In Olympic Warm-Up Clash

The South African U-23 team continued their preparation for the Olympic Games with a 3-0 loss to Egypt on Sunday evening.

Coach David Notoane made wholesale changes to the side that lost 2-0 against the same opposition on Thursday, with only Bongani Sam, Tercious Malepe, Athenkosi Dlala and Lyle Foster retaining their places in the line-up.

With a different goalkeeper in goal after Sifiso Mlungwana took the place of Mondli Mpoto, the South African side conceded in the 16th minute as Yasser Rayan gave the hosts the lead

Notoane's charges could not settle in the game after Ahmed Yasser doubled Egypt's lead two minutes later and it threatened to become an embarrassing evening for South Africa, as Karim El Eraki made it 3-0 for the hosts just three minutes thereafter.

Notoane's charges managed to keep it tight at the back in the last half of the first stanza and needed to respond in the second stanza after going to the break 3-0 down.

The visitors were looking to get back into the game coming from the break and Notoane made a double tactical change on the hour-mark, as Luke Fleurs replaced Sam and Liam Jordan was replaced by Kgaogelo Sekgota.

However, Sout Africa could not find a consolation goal, they suffered a second straight defeat to Egypt but Notoane should have a better picture of which players have done enough to earn a place in the final squad to represent South Africa at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The SA U-23 side have been drawn in Group A against hosts Japan, France and Mexico, in a tournament that starts late next month.

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