PSL Chairman Irvin Khoza sends well wishes to South African Olympic teams


Banyana Banyana will kick off their tournament on August 3 against Sweden, a day before the men's Under-23 team face hosts Brazil.

Both teams are wrapping up final preparations for their opening clashes, with Vera Pauw's outfit having lost 4-1 in a friendly to New Zealand last night, while Owen da Gama's side face the Brazilian Police Department this afternoon.

The League have also postponed the start of the 2016/17 domestic season to accommodate the men's team, which features a number of PSL players.

Khoza has sent a message of support for both teams, and hopes the U-23s are able to better the previous showing by Shakes Mashaba's charges at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

"The League has sacrificed in making sure we allow the national U-23s to do well, which would be good for the PSL and football in the country," said the 'Iron Duke' on Thursday.

"We hope that they represent us well - both the ladies and the guys - because it's quite unique that the two teams qualified at the same time. 

"I think it's history and I hope they [U-23s] better Shakes Mashaba's record in Australia. We wish them the best of luck."