The drawing pots for upcoming Tokyo Olympics have been revealed and David Notoane’s side could be in for a very tough group.
Notoane announced his pre-liminary 40-men squad for the tournament on Thursday, including seven overaged stars.
The draw will take place on 21 April at the FIFA headquarters and the football mother body confirmed the drawing pots recently.
South Africa’s U23 side were placed in pot three, alongside Egypt, Ivory Coast and New Zealand. As a consequence Ama-gluglug cannot face these three sides, but they could be in for a tough group.
One such draw could include defending champions Brazil, 2016 runners-up Germany and Saudi Arabia, who finished in second place in the AFC U23 Championship.
Here are all four drawing pots:
Pot 1: Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Korea Republic
Pot 2: Mexico, Germany, Honduras, Spain
Pot 3: Egypt, New Zealand, Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa
Pot 4: Australia, Saudi Arabia, France, Romania
Each team will be allowed to include three overaged players in their U23 squad.