South Africa takes on Senegal in the third/fourth place play off this afternoon (Saturday, 12 December) at Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal.
Tshepo Rikhotso and Phakamani Mahlambi return to the starting lineup – both players take the places of Menzi Masuku and Ryaad Norodien.
The midfield has been slightly altered with Gift Motupa, Deolin Mekoa, Phumlani Ntshangase operating from there, while Keagan Dolly and Mahlambi will be looking for goals.
Dolly will again captain the side.
Kickoff is at 18H00 South African time (16h00 local time).
According to the competition rules, if there is no winner after regulation time, then a penalty shootout will ensue to determine the winner of the match.
“We want players who want to take to the field and die for the cause. This is about the team not about individuals. Let us get the win and give the country a fantastic festive holiday. From the first whistle Senegal must know it’s game on. If you give 200 percent on the field then no one can touch us. We haven’t lost our objective, which is to qualify for Rio and this is the last chance we have, let us not waste it. Good luck boys,” said Da Gama.
The winner between South Africa and Senegal will join Algeria and Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
SA u23 11 vs Senegal:
Jody February (GK), Kwanda Mngonyama, Rivaldo Coetzee, Tebogo Moerane, Abbubaker Mobara, Keagan Dolly (c), Phumlani Ntshangase, TSHEPO RIKHOTSO, Deolin Mekoa, PHAKAMANI MAHLAMBI, Gift Motupa
Ricardo Goss (GK), Kyle Peters (GK), Zitha Macheke, Denwin Farmer, Siphelele Ntshangase, Sibusiso Sibeko, Paseka Mako, Dumisani Zuma, Ryaad Norodien, Menzi Masuku
Coach: Owen da Gama