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Notoane Confirms 3 Overaged Players For Olympics

South African U23 coach David Notoane has confirmed who are the three overaged players he wants to take to the Olympics.

The 52-year-old has until the end of the month to submit his final squad for the Tokyo Olympics, with three overaged players being allowed.

However, Notoane has experienced several headaches ahead of the tournament with many overseas clubs refusing to let their players take part in the tournament, which is not FIFA accredited.

As a consequence, players such as Percy Tau, Sphephelo Sithole and Gift Links are all unavailable for selection, Notoane told iDiski Times writer Velile Mnyandu in an exclusive interview in edition 23 (download it here).

Notoane, though, has seemingly settled on his three overaged players, revealing the names on the Marawa Sport Worldwide radio show. 

“We are definitely going to include overage players in our squad. We want to get a spine in terms of experience” he said.

”We are looking at Abbubaker Mobara (27), Ronwen Williams (29) and Thabiso Kutumela (27) in terms of experience.”

Notoane also revealed that four of his players have caught Covid-19, which has made the preparations for the Olympics extremely difficult.

“We have 4 players who have tested positive for Covid19,” he added.

“I am waiting for the outcome from the management for a way forward. This thing of sharing rooms creates problems. 

“This is a tricky situation, I am waiting for medical output tomorrow. We were due to announce our final squad this weekend.”

South Africa will kick off their Olympics against hosts Tokyo on 22 July.

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