The draw which was conducted in Cairo, Egypt on Monday morning, 14 September also sees Egypt, Algeria, Mali and Nigeria compete in Group B.
Top three teams from the 8-Nations tournament will book a spot to the Rio Olympics next year.
“We have seen Zambia play, so it’s not the worst group that we have been drawn in because it could have been worse,” said Owen da Gama, South Africa u23 National Team Head Coach.
Da Gama added now that the draw was over, it was time to up the preparations for the tournament.
“Everything will depend on our preparations which need to be spot on. The onus is on us to go and work hard and ensure that we are ready for the tournament. We need to sit down with all stakeholders including clubs to make sure we don’t leave anything to chance going forward,” added Da Gama.
The U/23 mentor said he was confident that with proper preparations, his team had the capacity to make the country proud.
Group A Group B
South Africa Algeria