Bloemfontein Celtic's Morena and Rikhotso relishing SA U-23 clash with Brazil ahead of Olympics
Posted: 23 March 2016 Time: 08:04
Bloemfontein Celtic pair Thapelo Morena and Tshepo Rikhotso are eager to make an impact in the national U-23 team's friendly with Brazil in Maceió, Alagoas on Sunday.
Owen da Gama's side are using the game as part of their preparations for the Olympic Games, taking place in Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21.
"Sometimes working hard has favourable results," Morena told his club's official website. "It’s a great feeling to be selected out of so many players in the country. Strangely enough, I was telling my teammates about a dream of representing my country in Rio and being afforded this titanic chance to showcase my talent before the final squad is selected means a lot."
Rikhotso said: "Unfortunately we can’t hide our excitement; we have always encouraged each other from our team (Celtic) saying we must work cohesively towards achieving our dreams and also representing our country with pride.”
He added: "With the stiff competition of exceptionally talented and some experienced players we have to double our efforts to be part of the final squad. This will obviously push us to do our maximum best."
Morena went on to thank Celtic's technical team for their guidance.
"We must thank from the depth of our hearts our Celtic technical team for guiding and adequately training us to be recognised among the best. We really want to be part of the history to make it to Brazil in August and eventually graduate to the Bafana Bafana team."
The match will kick off at 12h30 at Rei Pele Stadium.