Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
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11 Dec 2015
11:12 am

Mekoa: It will be great to qualify for Rio

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

South Africa's Under-23 midfielder Deolin Mekoa has faith in his side qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics despite the midweek setback in the form of a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Algeria.

AmaGlug-Glug will play against host Senegal on Saturday for the bronze medal and a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Mekoa describes the match as “the most important 90 minutes” of their careers as they could become the first group of Under-23s since the class of 2000 to qualify for the Olympics.

“It will be great to qualify for Rio because it will open doors for many players to perhaps secure bigger contracts as we will be playing on the big stage. So yes, it’s a very big deal to qualify for the Olympics, and we are all aware of that as players. It is perhaps the most important 90 minutes of our lives and careers. We have to go out there, fight for the flag and for ourselves, and I believe we can do it,” said Mekoa.South Africa will play Senegal at 6pm, South African time, on Saturday at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor.