Chiefs star earns late Olympic call

SA National Teams

Kaizer Chiefs defender Reeve Frosler has been registered in the South Africa U-23 Olympic squad among three late inclusions.

Last week the South African Football Association (SAFA) announced that five players had been withdrawn from David Notoane's squad, citing various 'medical reasons' for the decision.

While TS Galaxy defender Macbeth Mahlangu was confirmed as one of the replacements, Cape Town Spurs' Thendo Mukumela and Frosler are the others registered in the 19-man squad as per the official FIFA website.

Scroll through the gallery below to see the players withdrawn from the squad last week

On July 2, the world football governing body announced that 22 players can be registered for the squad, while 18 can be named in each matchday squad due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It appears that SAFA have decided to only call up three replacements for the four players, as Mamelodi Sundowns forward Keletso Makgalwa, who was among the list of withdrawals, was earlier listed as a standby player.

The South Africa U-23 squad already departed for Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon, with Frolser and Nkosingphile Ngcobo likely to join up with the rest of the squad after the CAF Champions League final, in which Amakhosi are set to face Al Ahly on Saturday in Casablanca, Morocco.

Notaone and his squad open their Games on July 22 against hosts Japan at the Tokyo Stadium, while France and Mexico complete the rest of Group A.

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