epa05463700 Goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune (L) of South Africa carries his teammate Abbubaker Mobara during the men's preliminary round group A match between Denmark and South Africa of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Soccer tournament at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/ANDRESSA ANHOLETE BRAZIL OUT
Wednesday Aug 10, 2016. 13:02
Speaking to reporters in Rio De Janeiro, South African U23 striker Tyroane Sandows believes their fate is in their own hands.
The forward was talking ahead of their final Group A clash against Iraq on Wednesday evening/ Thursday morning South African time.
Owen Da Gama's side are placed at the bottom of Group A with one point from two matches - South Africa followed a goalless draw against Brazil with a 1-0 defeat to Denmark.
However, the match presents them with an opportunity to progress through to the knockout stages; they will have to grab a win at all costs and hope Denmark and Brazil play to a draw.
"We know that our fate is in our hands and we don't have to depend on other results," Sandows told reporters.
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"We need to forget the past and focus on Iraq because they are a very strong team.
"Our expectations are the best possible. We know we have a chance to make history in South African football so, obviously, we're focussed on that.
"But we know it's going to be a difficult game [against Iraq], and we are going to have to have total concentration and hopefully we'll be able to achieve our goal."
Meanwhile, ODG is set to miss the services of defender Eric Mathoho and striker Lebogang Mothiba, who have been ruled out due to injury and illness respectively.
The match is scheduled to get underway at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo on Thursday at 3h00am CAT.