Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba eyes Rio Olympic U-23 players for World Cup qualifiers
Posted: 12 August 2016 Time: 10:37
Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has indicated he could select some of the U-23 players that competed at the Rio Olympics for the World Cup qualifiers in October.
Owen da Gama's side exited the Olympics at the first hurdle after drawing two of their three Group A games at the showpiece in Brazil.
"I'm waiting for the technical committee to come back. We will sit down and look at all our upcoming games. We will get a report of individual players,” Mashaba said during the Nedbank Cup Ke Yona team announcement on Thursday.
“I will hear what is actually happening and we will take it from there. But I would love to see some of the boys playing in the qualifiers.”
However, Mashaba added the players need to be introduced slowly in the senior national team and must not be put under pressure.
“Olympics is a bridge to the senior national team. The way those boys have played, one of the games we should take almost the whole squad and see what happens,” he said.
“But the problem is we tend to look for results speedily, we don't want to build towards that because the longer we bring them up they will lose courage. In some of the games, we will have some of the players coming in.
“This team in Rio was something else. They could play and match any other team.”