South Africa book Olympic ticket as Egypt claim AFCON U23 crown

South Africa book Olympic ticket as Egypt claim AFCON U23 crown
Lyle Foster celebrates goal during the 2019 U23 Olympic Qualifier 2020 match between South Africa and Zimbabwe at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto on the 06 September 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Nov 23, 2019. 08:00

South Africa will join Egypt and Ivory Coast as Africa’s representatives at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.


David Notoane’s troops booked their place at next year’s world showpiece with a 6-5 penalty shootout win over Ghana in the Africa U23 Cup of Nations on Friday.


With the game locked at 2-2 penalties duly followed, and after a drama filled shoot-out, which included five misses in total, Lyle Foster drove home the winner in sudden death to clinch a third place finish for South Africa.


Egypt went on to be crowned champions of the tournament with a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast in Cairo.


Player of the Tournament, Ramadan Sobhi, scored an extra-time winner for the tournament hosts as they healed some of the wounds left by the senior team at the very same venue earlier this year.


South Africa qualified for the 2016 Olympics in similar fashion four years ago, while they are the lone survivors from the three African teams that made the trip to Rio de Janeiro.







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