Gremio midfielder Tyroane Sandows called up to South Africa national under-23 squad for Rio Olympic Games


The Brazilian Serie A side congratulated the 21-year-old on his selection to coach Owen Da Gama’s side, which has yet to be publicly announced by SAFA or the South African Olympic Committee (SASCOC), who are understood to have taken full control of logistics surrounding the Summer Games.

“On Wednesday, the South African Football Association announced the squad for the national under-23 team, which will represent the country in the 2016 Olympic Games, to be played in August in Rio de Janeiro,” read a statement on Gremio’s site.

Sandows, who also turned out for Thabo Senong’s national under-20 side – scoring a hat-trick in their 5-2 win over Zambia at the 2015 African Youth Championships in Senegal, has expressed his delight at his return to the national setup.

"I was very happy with the news. It is always important to represent my country, especially in an Olympic tournament, which brings together different nations,” Sandows told his club’s website.

“The work at Grêmio had a direct influence in this call-up because it is a big club and well regarded abroad. I am happy for this moment and I will do my best in the Rio games.”