Deolin Mekoa backs South Africa U-23s to shine against Brazil at Rio Olympics


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The sides will meet at Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, with kick-off at 16h00 (21h00 SA time).

Owen da Gama's men lost 3-1 to the South Americans in a friendly on March 27, but Mekoa has faith they can impress this time around.

“It’s just a matter of time before our opening match and words can’t begin to describe the excitement within me. Should I get the chance to play, I will do the best I can to assist I my team to success,” said Mekoa.

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“Being at the Olympics is a great honour for any player and I will make the best of this opportunity. As a team, I believe we have the ability to give Brazil a run for their money. We are a strong team with very good players. When you look at our attacking players, you can just tell that the opposition is in trouble. We just can't wait for the games to begin.”

Da Gama has his full complement of players following the arrival of overage pair Itumeleng Khune and Erick Mathoho on Sunday night.

The goalkeeper and defender played in Kaizer Chiefs' Carling Black Label Champion Cup win over Orlando Pirates the day before in Johannesburg.


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