Notoane announces the SA U-23 AFCON 2019 squad

Head coach of the South African Olympic (U-23) National Team, David Notoane, has named his 21-man squad to take part in the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to be played from 8 22 December.

Notoane has kept the bulk of the team that participated in the qualifiers of this prestigious tournament where the three top nations will represent the African continent at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

South Africa will vie for the top honours against seven other countries hosts Egypt, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Mali and debutants Ghana and Cameroon.

This will be their third participation in the tournament, having played in 2011 and 2015, the latter earning them a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after finishing in third position under former coach Owen Da Gama.

Notoane’s charges qualified for African showpiece following great display against Angola in the second round winning 3-1 and 3-0.

In the third and final round they showed no mercy to neighbours Zimbabwe beating them 5-0 in the first leg, and then played to a goalless draw.

Now South Africa has been drawn in Group B alongside Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Zambia.

They open their campaign with a clash against Zambia on Saturday, 9 November 2019 followed by the fixture against Ivory Coast three days later (Tuesday, 12 November. On Friday, 15 November they will play their last group stages match against Nigeria.

All the games will be played at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.

The squad assembles for camp on Sunday, 3 November in Johannesburg, and depart for Cairo via Ethiopia the next day (Monday, 4 November) at 14h00.

They will arrive in Egypt on Tuesday, 5 November where they will start their preparations for the tournament.

Source: South Africa Football Association