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Under-23 team manager Levy Ramajoe confident ahead of Olympic qualifiers in Morocco

Posted: 23 November 2011 Time: 21:06

Under-23 team manager Levy Ramajoe, who has been in Morocco for a few days ahead of the Olympic qualifiers, is impressed with the facilities.

Despite a chaotic build-up leading up to their departure, Ramajoe says all preparations have been finalised, and it is now up to players to focus on playing.

Shakes Mashaba's team was scheduled to depart from OR Tambo international airport on Monday, but only left this evening (Wednesday) owing to Visa complications. But Ramajoe has been in Morocco for a few days already and will be meeting up with the rest of the team on Thursday.

Amaglug-glug will kick-off the tournament in four days' time against Ivory Coast.

"I've been here for a few days already and I must say that everything is perfect as far as the logistics side is concerned," Ramajoe tells

"All the teams are staying in the same hotel, which is a world class hotel and I don't have any complaints about it. I went to check our training field as well and I was really impressed."

One of Ramajoe's tasks was to organise friendly matches against a few local teams before Sunday's match. But now, with just a few days to go, Ramajoe confirms that those matches have been called off.

"Had the team arrived earlier I'm sure we would have played friendly matches but I guess right now it is too close to the first match to play a friendly.

"Players might also get injured so the coaching staff feels that friendly matches won't be necessary," he adds.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 03:09 am
Go luck team go all the way & make us proud. We need it. Coach Mashaba you have done this before I believe you can do it again, after that all that you will be deserving to be reconsidered for the Bafana job. No politics I hope.
Skepe Mketule
posted: 08:35 am
Shakes plse help us to get rid of this stuborn Pitso, plse good luck
posted: 08:42 am
i hope you do not qualify, so that those who think you can take over Bafana job can hide thier tails between legs.
Bizzah wa LeKhosi
posted: 08:54 am
Hey wena SisterP, u are so bitter, u are always against Bra SHakes, we did not say you Favourate Pitso must fail, he is just an idiot like you, we dont need people like you in SA, u are just disgrace to Sa football,

Goodluck boys go and make us proud, with or without support of Pitso and SisterP, they can go and rot in hell for all i care, nxxxxxx
posted: 09:06 am
Bizzah wa LeKhosi: 2011-11-24 08:54 [ Report ]
Heyi wena do not start with me. If Pitso has failed, what has Mashaba achieved as a coach? He took us to olympics and won one game out of three. is that achievement according you. Do not call me an idiot, while you are using poor grammer. Who is an idiot now?

posted: 09:12 am
heyi people did you watch champion's league yesterday? Messi, Robinho, Drogba missed the easiest goal scoring opportunities ever, but they were not booed by fans. I hope we as south africans we can learn that missing a goal can happen to anyone and that person should be supported instead of being booed
Kaizer\'s Chief now known as Chief Champ
posted: 09:21 am
SisterP please dont judge other peoples GRAMMA while you cant spell
your comments about the U-23's are unfortunate,talk about being patriotic.i hope the prove you wrong
Bizzah my authie tlohela bo sisterP le di period pain tsa bona

Khosi my religion
S.Africa my home...
posted: 10:23 am
Sorry guys but Shakes didnt win at the Olympics Kenny Ndlazi did
posted: 10:38 am
Bongani at least der lyks of messi dropa nd robhino out of 5 chances dy score 3 or 4 while der S.A cows lyk mphela tlou ndulula score 1 out of 10 chances wil nt stp booing dam until dy cry rise boo boys rise
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 10:53 am
Guys le sa te kopisa tlhoho ka stlaela se SisterPhokof. If we about to progress in SA it's people like SisterPhokof we must get rid of. Ke mmoditse kare Shakes o mojele naa? Waitsi o kabare Shakes o mozozitse afetsa a motshabela and a tlhakana le Pitso a motshepisa iets.

Goodluck Bra Shakes we know u'll do what's right and bring that gold back. And even if you have qualified or need a draw don't ever play for a draw assemblief.
posted: 03:34 pm
who is this sisterP fool. This chick defends Pitso like he is her and your arrogant father must get out of here..
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