Owen Da Gama has full complement of players after Chiefs duo join the Olympic team


The pair joined their compatriots in Brasilia on Sunday night after helping their club win the pre-season derby clash against Orlando Pirates in the 2016 Carling Black Label Champions Cup on Saturday, 30 July.

Both come into the squad as over-aged players for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“It’s good to be back in the squad again after spending some time with them back home and having to remain behind due to club commitments,” Khune said. “Now the focus is fully on the task ahead. As I have been saying all along I am really honoured to be part of this team. I hope my presence influences the team positively, on or off the field, whether I play or not.

“I am also hopeful that the experience we bring with Tower [Mathoho] will assist the team greatly and help guide us to the next round and beyond. We have a very strong team and I believe together we can achieve great things.”

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Mathoho echoed his club and international teammate’s words.

“Many players have a glittering career but never get to taste the Olympics, so being part of this team is something I will cherish for as long as I live,” he said. “While Khune and I bring some experience, I believe we will also learn a lot from this group, which will help us grow as players.

“This is the biggest sporting spectacle in the world and I also want to write my name in the history books, so I will help contribute towards the success of the team in any way I can.”

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