South Africa's U-23 team continued their preparations for the Olympic Games with a 2-0 defeat to Egypt on Thursday evening.
U23 International Friendly
Result: Egypt 2-0 South Africa
Date: 10 June 2021
Venue: New Suez Stadium
Coach David Notoane lined up in a 4-3-2-1 formation, with Orlando Pirates pair of Bongani Sam and Thabiso Monyane playing as wing-backs while Luther Singh, Rowan Human and Keletso Makgalwa were deployed behind lone-striker Lyle Foster.
Notoane had room to experiment, as South Africa secured two friendly matches against Egypt, three days apart after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) tournament, which was due to take place from 5-11 June was cancelled due to Covid-19 reasons.
The visitors did not have a good start after Mostafa Mohamed gave Egypt the lead in the 18th minute and Notoane's charges chased the game but they could not find the breakthrough, going to the break a goal down.
Notoane's charges had another lapse in concentration in the early stages of the second stanza as Mostafa Mohamed doubled the lead for the hosts ten minutes from the break and also got his brace.
South Africa continued to chase the game as Notoane threw on Thendo Mukumela in place of Thabo Cele, while overseas-based Luke Le Roux and Liam Jordan came on for Athenkosi Dlala and Makgalwa.
However, the side that landed in Cairo on Tuesday could not find openings and Egypt held on for victory ahead of the second friendly on Sunday evening.
South Africa have been drawn in Group A against hosts Japan, France and Mexico in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games next month.