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Notoane Explains Ngcobo Inclusion

David Notoane has explained why Nkosingiphile Ngcobo was included in the South African Olympics squad despite playing in the CAF Champions League final.

Initially Notoane had named three Amakhosi players, Happy Mashiane, Reeve Frosler and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, in his preliminary Olympics squad, but only Ngcobo survived.

Notoane confirmed to iDiski Times that he will only join up with Notoane’s squad after the final against Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly.

Notoane admits it’s a bit of a risk, but after Thabiso Kutumela’s unavailability, they decided it was a risk worth taking.

“Ja, look, we taking the chance, to be honest with you,” Notoane told iDiski Times.

“When we lost Kutumela, you know, we sat down, we looked at our permutations and we thought then let’s bring in Ngcobo even if he comes later.

“The issue here is obviously there are acclimatization periods of seven days that you would need.

“And we hope that coming out of a CAF Cup final in Morocco, you know, he would come in, fit in well, he is a very clever player, a creative player and he could just maybe add that little bit of spark upfront that we need, you know, and that little bit of a high that probably comes with him coming from a Champions League final.”

Notoane said they could afford to risk one player coming later but felt not more. Hence Happy Mashiane and Reeve Frosler were not included, though he did not rule out the latter making a late inclusion if things change.

“100%,” Notoane continued.

“So if you gonna to take two, then you’re really limiting your options and stretching it too thin.

“So we opted to say, look at right back, Mobara can come in, hence we opted for Thabiso Monyane from Pirates to say, okay, let’s push closer to Tokyo and see if things are still the same.

“And if we need to change of course, we can change with Reeve Frosler, you know, it’s not like the door is totally closed on him.”

Ngcobo will be in action with Chiefs on 17 July in Morocco, while South Africa begin their Olympics campaign on the 22 July against hosts Japan.