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Tyroane Sandows believes South Africa's Olympic fate is in their own hands

Posted: 10 August 2016 Time: 10:04

SA Under-23 striker Tyroane Sandows is upbeat ahead of their final men's Olympic football group match against Iraq and says their fate is still in their own hands.

South Africa are just hours away from taking on the Asiad Asia, with a place in the tournament quarter-finals still up for grabs in Group A.

Following a draw against hosts Brazil and a narrow defeat to Denmark, Owen Da Gama's troops require no less than victory by a two-goal margin over their Middle Eastern counterparts to secure their progression.

Sandows, who has yet to feature at the Olympic Games but could well do so following news that Lebogang Mothiba has been ruled out with a possible case of chicken pox, says the team are firmly focussed on achieving the best possible result come Thursday morning.

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"Our expectations are the best possible. We know we have a chance to make history in South African football so, obviously, we're focussed on that," said the Westbury-born attacker during the pre-match press conference.

"But we know it's going to be a difficult game [against Iraq], and we are going to have to have total concentration and hopefully we'll be able to achieve our goal."

The 21-year-old Gremio forward adds that their tournament fate lies solely in their own hands, and calls on his teammates to put the previous two results behind them and focus on overcoming their final group A opponents.

"We know that our fate is in our hands and we don't have to depend on other results," he added.

"We need to forget the past and focus on Iraq because they are a very strong team."

Iraq managed to restrict the Selecao to a 0-0 result in their previous match, and will come into the clash with South Africa on a confident note.

The clash in Sao Paulo is scheduled to kick-off at 03h00 (SA time) on Thursday morning.

Article by: Chad Klate
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