SA U23s lose first Olympic warm-up clash

SA National Teams

South Africa’s under-23 side went down 2-0 to Egypt in the first of two friendly internationals on Thursday evening.

A young South African stall had Luke Fleurs, Bongani Sam, Tercious Malepe, Rowan Human, Luther Singh and Keletso Makgalwa installed from the onset.

The young Pharaohs were first to the breakthrough however from a strike after 17 minutes by Mostafa Mohamed following poor bit of defending by David Notoane’s side.

Notoane’s charges as expected began to push for the equaliser inside the latter stages of the halftime interval, but to no avail as the Egyptians entered the break in front.

Mohamed gave the home side a second goal seven minutes from the resumption from a nicely worked build-up with the visitors left for dead at the back once again.

As Egypt led the way thoroughly, a change from the bench seemed the tonic to revive the visitors soon from falling further behind with Thendo Mukumela thrown in ahead of Thabo Cele.

More fresh faces from the bench followed suit on the side of the away outfit, with Makgalwa and Dlala Athenkosi in for Luke Le Roux and Liam Jordan.

South Africa didn’t give up hope, but still pushed for a way back before full-time however Egypt sustained momentum on all fronts to land the victory in the end.