Ayanda Nkosi eyeing Olympic Under-23 chance
Posted: 8 March 2016 Time: 13:17
Free State Stars striker Ayanda Nkosi says he has set his sights on being part of Owen da Gama’s squad for the Olympic Games in Brazil in August.
The 23-year-old was the Man of the Match when Ea Lia Koto won 2-1 to bundle out last season’s Nedbank Cup finalists Ajax Cape Town in the round of 32 at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.
Nkosi set up former Maritzburg United teammate Nhlanhla Vilakazi with a pinpoint cross for the first goal and then scored the winner after latching onto Danny Venter’s shot across goal and tucking it away as Anssi Jaakkola was left scrambling on the floor.
The Johannesburg-born striker, who had little to show for his time at Maritzburg United before departing in January, says he wants to take Stars into the top eight and hopes that will be enough to be picked for Rio 2016.
“My aim is to get the team to possibly greater heights than we have ever done before and getting into the top eight,” Nkosi tells KickOff.com.
“I’m also hopeful of scoring a lot of goals to my name and ultimately at the end of the season, I would like to see myself in the Under-23 setup going to the Olympic Games. That is one of my goals right now.”
Nkosi's chances of making Da Gama's Under-23 squad have improved after Phakamani Mahlambi was ruled out of the tournament through injury.
He scored his first goal for his new club against Orlando Pirates last month and says he has fitted in well as he previously worked with Bradley Carnell in the Varsity League before joining struggling Maritzburg.
“I know assistant coach Bradley Carnell from University of Johannesburg before I went to Maritzburg,” he says.
“He was the coach at the UJ and I also know [Sthembiso] Ngcobo and he was very welcoming to me and has helped me to settle in a bit.”