Links: First AFCON then Olympics


South African have this evening handed Angola a whipping in their first leg 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, before they host the Sable Antelopes in Johannesburg next Tuesday.

The journey to the 2020 Olympics begins with the continental qualifiers, before the top three teams at the finals in Egypt in November this year book their tickets to Tokyo.

With plenty excitement around David Notoane’s team, which consists of a formidable list of players, Links says it is still down to how hard they work when coming together regardless of the names they have on paper.

“With the talent we have, I think we can go all the way to the Olympics. We just need to keep working hard on our game and our unity, and we need to believe in ourselves,” Links tells

“It’s exciting, but we have to get through the qualifiers first. We have to finish the job against Angola and then beat our next opposition to make it to AFCON.

“From AFCON, we can then target the Olympics, but I’ll be very happy if we qualify because not everyone gets an opportunity to go and play at the Olympics.”

Though the 20-year-old did not feature in the 3-1 victory this evening, he could play a telling role in the return leg scheduled for the BIdvest Stadium on Tuesday evening (19h00).