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By unknown | Aug 21, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

National Under-23 coach Steve Komphela is confident he has identified Nigeria's weaknesses, on the eve of their Olympic qualifier in Rustenburg tomorrow.

Komphela, who addressed the media yesterday with his Nigerian counterpart, Samson Siasia, said he knew a chink in the Nigerians' armour was that they did not cope well with pressure, and tended to lose their composure.

"That is one of the areas we can exploit and capitalise on, but besides that, we have some information gathered on them which should be useful," said Komphela.

The SA Under-23s have been hit by a spate of injuries and suspensions, including to Orlando Pirates' duo of Lebogang Mokoena and Innocent Mdledle, Jeffrey Ntuka, Nazir Allie of Ajax and SuperSport United's Bongani Khumalo.

Komphela has brought in Rudi Isaacs, Kagiso Senamela and Excellent Walaza. Belgium-based Masilo Modubi also joined the rest of his teammates at yesterday's training session.

The match will effectively be the local side's first qualifier after the withdrawal of Ethiopia from the competition. South Africa will have to forfeit the point they earned in the 2-2 draw with Ethiopia on June 3.

The group is now left with just three teams - Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

The Nigerians have been in camp for the past month, and Siasia said they are well prepared should some of their European-based players drop out.

"We looked at our locally-based players and planned for emergencies in that month. Right now, the players based in Holland and France are having problems with their visas, but we still hope they will be here. Chinude Anuke will also be arriving from Oslo today," Siasia said.

The game takes place at Olympia Stadium in Rustenburg at 7.30 tomorrow .

SA U-23 squad:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Senzo Meyiwa;

Defenders: Thapelo Tshilo, Luvhengo Mungomeni, James Madidilane, Tsepo Masilela, Rudi Isaacs, Vincent Kobola;

Midfielders: Kagiso Senamelo, Masilo Modubi, Lance Davids, Richard Rantjie, Mkhanyiseli Siwahla, Clifford Ngobeni, Sibusiso Hadebe, Bryce Moon;

Strikers: George Maluleke, Lerato Chabangu, Erwin Isaacs, Excellent Walaza, Bernard Parker.


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