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SA U-23 captain Kwanda Mngonyama demands total commitment at CAF U-23 AFCON

Posted: 25 November 2015 Time: 13:35

National U-23 captain Kwanda Mngonyama expects the team to fight tooth and nail for honours at the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations.

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South Africa will open their campaign against hosts Senegal in Dakar on Saturday, with Group A games to follow against Zambia and Tunisia on December 1 and 4 respectively.

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The top three finishers at the eight-team tournament will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

"There is no other way, we have to go there and fight," Mngonyama tells KickOff.com.

"We got a very good, solid team and I don't think we have players who we can say are missing.

"Whoever plays must represent the country at his best and that is what we have to do. Whoever gets the chance to play should work hard and nothing more.

"Obviously being the skipper of the team means a lot but I can't do it all on my own so we have to do it as a collective so that we move forward."

The defender, who is on loan at Maritzburg United from Mamelodi Sundowns, insists failure is not an option.

"There's no two ways about it, we have to qualify for Brazil next year. We have no pressure but we know we have to qualify," he says.

"All our matches won't be easy but we have to take it one game at time so we can proceed to the next match.

"Even the coach [Owen da Gama] said to us when we were in camp that we must go there and enjoy. We have the ability and quality to do anything in Senegal so it's up to us now to show our qualities."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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