National squad go for goals against Ghana

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The South African Under-23 national soccer side plan an all-out attack against Ghana during their 2008 Beijing Olympics qualifier in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

"We need to go all-out for goals, and at the same time avoid conceding," said coach Steve Komphela ahead of the team's departure to North West today.

They were to assemble in Johannesburg last night.

Ghana are the only country in the group without a single point after losing 3-2 to log leaders and neighbours Nigeria (four points) in June.

South Africa have collected one point from their 1-1 draw against Nigeria, who are not playing this weekend after the withdrawal of Ethiopia.

"It will be a tough one, but I have nothing but a win in mind. We need the three points at all costs but we will be level with Nigeria on two games," said Komphela.

The 20-member South African squad will do all their preparations in Potchefstroom, starting tomorrow.

"I just thought it would be better to go there and do all our preparations. It will also help the boys to acclimatise," said Komphela.

Barney Kujane, the team's project manager, said: "All the local-based players will be with us when we start with our preparations."

The FC Westerlo, Belgium-based, duo of Masilo Modubi and Jeff Ntuka will land at OR Tambo International Airport tonight.

"Lance Davids will be arriving from Sweden on Wednesday, they have a match tomorrow (today)," said Kujane.

"We hope to get good support because it is important for us to qualify for the Olympics," he said.

"Ghana informed us they will be arriving on Thursday but we still haven't got an official letter from them to that effect."