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Do or die for Amaglug-Glug 12/03/04
The Amaglug-Glug players are determined to keep their slim hopes of reaching the Olympic finals in Athens this year alive by beating Ghana at the H.M Pitje Stadium on Saturday.

Not only will they be fighting to keep their place in the competition, but they will also be out to exact revenge on Ghana after the first round match in Accra was controversially won by the home team following some highly dubious refereeing decisions.

These thoughts were echoed by Finland-based striker Ryan Botha, who had a great start to his under-23 career when he scored two goals inside four minutes on his debut against Algeria.

"Ghana beat us 1-0 during the first round in Accra, it's pay back time," Botha is reported as saying on the SuperSport website.

"This is our last chance to revive our hopes of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Athens, our preparations are going well and we are ready to beat Ghana," the David Beckham look-a-like added.

The South Africans are currently sitting at the bottom of the log with only four points, but if they beat Ghana tomorrow and beat Algeria in their last game, they have a fair chance of going through, although it will probably come down to goal difference.

The team have two injury worries to be concerned about in the form of midfielder Gert van Schalkwyk (ankle) and left-back Tsietsi Mahoa (groin).

It is touch-and-go for both players as to whether they will be available or not.

Coach Conti Kubheka has a highly talented squad with talented midfielders such as the Orlando Pirates trio of Bennedict Vilakazi, Joseph Makhanya and Gift Leremi to call upon.

Vilakazi and Makhanya, in particular, have both been in sensational form for club and country this season.

It is not only in the midfield department where the team has excellent players though, as  Mabhuti Khanyeza and Thando Mngomeni are talented strikers, while Nasief Morris (not playing in tomorrow's game), Edward Malinga and Derrick Spencer are all very capable defenders.

It would therefore be a tragedy a team full of such quality were not to qualify and the youngsters must go all out tomorrow to earn the win that will see their fading hopes revived.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Chad Harpur (Manning Rangers), Jacob Mokhasi (Wits University)

Defenders: Derrick Spencer (Kaizer Chiefs), Sakhile Mhlangu (Golden Arrows), Morgan Gould (Jomo Cosmos), Tsietsi Mahoa (Wits University), Edward Malinga (Orlando Pirates)

Midfielders: Gift Leremi (Orlando Pirates), Joseph Makhanya (Orlando Pirates), Gert Schalkwyk (Wits University), Siphesihle Ngobese (Golden Arrows), Papi Zotwane (Golden Arrows), Andile Cele (Orlando Pirates)

Strikers: Giovanni Rector (Royal Excelsior), Mabhuti Khanyeza (Golden Arrows), Benedict Vilakazi (Orlando Pirates), Ryan Botha (Inter Turku-ry), Thando Mngomeni (Helsinborg).

 

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