Bafana eye Rio upsets



July 27, 2016
Bafana eye Rio upsets

CONFIDENT: Tebogo Moerane

South Africa’s Olympic football team are confident that they can cause a couple of upsets at the tournament.

And Wits leftback Tebogo Moerane says they will start with Brazil when they face their Rio hosts in next Thursday’s opener.

A Selecao have named an incredibly strong squad for the tournament as they look to win gold on home soil.

World Cup winners five times, top spot on a Olympic podium has eluded the nation of Pele, Garrincha, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.

But with Neymar, Marquinhos and Rafinha in the squad, they will look to banish their painful final defeat to Mexico four years ago in London.

Moerane knows what’s at stake and says: “As young players we only have memories of the class of 2000 playing in Sydney. We did not realise how big this platform is; this is massive.

“Playing at the Olympics is an honour and I want to ensure that I give it my all.

“We will be facing Brazil for the second time this year when we play them in our opening match next Thursday and although we lost 3-1 in the friendly match in March, we are a better prepared team now.

“We will not only be facing Neymar but a full-strength squad along with the 12th man, the supporters, but we are up for the challenge.”

Moerane adds that the South African squad has come of age and will surprise a few in this tournament.

“We believe we have what it takes to give not only Brazil a run for their money, but all the teams in our group.

“The support staff has done all they can throughout the past year to get us to this point and we as players know that the future lies in our hands.”

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