Pay Homage Respect; Remembering The 2000 Sydney Olympics u/23 Squad

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The success of a young Bafana Bafana side, in the recently concluded 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup in Namibia, where they claimed our 4th tournament Gold, has seen interest rise within South African football with regards to the squad selection for the 2016 Rio Olympics; a football battle of 16 nations from 6 confederations that begins on August 4th. National pride will be at stake on a stage we have only been to once prior as a male football association, the commendable feat in qualifying has been lauded in many quarters, but the hard work earnestly begins in the coming weeks for coach Owen Da Gama and the rest of the technical team involved. Player availability will be a key factor in just how far the current generation can realistically go, one hopes that the strongest possible side is made available to the coach as he seeks to emulate Shakes Mashaba, by making his own bit of history in the Olympics with a gifted group of players.

As we all patiently await the announcement of the preliminary squad for the Olympics, while still licking our wounds from the 4-1 humbling we received in Japan recently; we at GSV have decided to Pay Homage Respect and celebrate the 18 men that served the nation well in Sydney 16 years ago. A squad of talented young lads & two overage players that showcased their class in a great generation of players, and even made their own bit of history, by beating a Ronaldinho inspired Brazil 3-1 in Brisbane. Two 2-1 defeats to the other nations in the group, Japan & Slovakia, meant that AmaGlug-Glug finished 3rd, returning home with a great win over one of the tournament favourites, and two lamentable losses, in games they shouldn’t have lost with their talent level.

Our legends will forever be remembered for beating a good Brazil side that included amongst others, Helton, Fábio Aurélio, Edu, Alex, Geovanni & Lúcio; digging into the available archives, we’d like to pay homage to our heroes…

South Africa u/23 2000 Olympics Squad (AmaGlug-Glug)

# Player DoB Position/s Club At Time International Record Domestic Record Clubs
1 Emile Raymond Baron June 17th, 1979 (21) GK Lillestrøm SK, Norway Bafana – 6 Caps

u/23 – 30 Caps

167 Games, 191 Goals Conceded & 55 Clean Sheets Hellenic, Lillestrøm SK, Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United & BidVest Wits
2 Fabian Ansley McCarthy May 13th, 1977 (23) CB/LB Apollon FC Limassol, Cyprus Bafana – 10 Caps

u/23 – 25 Caps

u/20 – 1 Cap

285 Games & 6 Goals Bloemfontein Celtic, Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows, Maritzburg United & Mpumalanga Black Aces
3 David Charles Kannemeyer July 8th, 1977 (23) LB Ajax Cape Town Bafana – 15 Caps

U/23 – 26 Caps

u/20 – 6 Caps

309 Games & 19 Goals Cape Town Spurs, Ajax Cape Town, Lyngby BK, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United & Mpumalanga Black Aces
4 Nkhiphitheni Matombo January 31st, 1977 (23) CB Manning Rangers u/23 – 26 Caps Dynamos FC, Manning Rangers & Black Leopards
5 Matthew Paul Booth March 14th, 1977 (23) CB Mamelodi Sundowns Bafana – 37 Caps & 1 Goal

u/23 – 35 Caps & 2 Goals

u/20 – 18 Caps

448 Games & 24 Goals Cape Town Spurs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Wimbledon FC, Rostov, Krylia Sovetov, Ajax Cape Town & BidVest Wits
6 Quinton Fortune May 21st, 1977 (23) LB/DM/LW Manchester United Bafana –  47 Caps & 2 Caps 173 Games & 13 Goals Tottenham Hotspur, Mallorca, Atlético Madrid, Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers, Western Province United, Sheffield United, Brescia, Tubize & Doncaster Rovers
7 Stanton Duncan Fredericks June 13th, 1977 (23) RW/AM Wits University (BidVest Wits) Bafana – 14 Caps & 2 Goals

u/23- 16 Caps

343 Games, 39 Goals BidVest Wits, Grasshopper Club Zürich, Kaizer Chiefs, FC Moscow, Orlando Pirates, SuperSport United & Pierikos FC
8 Daniel Matsau January 18th, 1977 (23) RW/AM/CF Kaizer Chiefs Bafana – 1 Cap Hellenic, Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United, Bloemfontein Celtic, Moroka Swallows, Mpumalanga Black Aces & City Pillars
9 Nkosinathi Nhleko July 24th, 1979 (21) CF Jomo Cosmos Bafana – 10 Caps & 1 Goal 241 Games & 73 Goals Jomo Cosmos, SK Brann, FC Dallas, Viking FK, Hammarby, Sandefjord, Thanda Royal Zulu, Kaizer Chiefs & Manzini Sundowns
10 Steve Lekoelea February 5th, 1979 (21) RW/AM Orlando Pirates Bafana – 9 Caps 233 Games & 37 Goals Moroka Swallows, Orlando Pirates, Maritzburg United, Platinum Stars, United FC & Mbabane Highlanders
11 Jabu Jeremiah Pule (Mahlangu) July 11th, 1980 (20) RW/LW/AM Kaizer Chiefs Bafana – 20 Caps & 2 Goals

u/23 – 17 Caps & 1 Goal

185 Games & 33 Goals Kaizer Chiefs, SV Mattersburg, SuperSport United, Orlando Pirates, Östers IF, Platinum Stars & FC Cape Town
12 Vincent Dumisa Ngobe March 5th, 1973 (27) DM/AM MKE Ankaragücü, Turkey Bafana – 32 Caps & 2 Goals Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Gençlerbirliği, Ankaragücü, City Sharks, Akçaabat Sebatspor, Moroka Swallows, Avendale Athletico, Maritzburg United, Hoàng Anh Gia Lai FC, Sabah FA & BidVest Wits
13 Leukie Abram Nteo July 15th, 1977 (23) RW/AM/LW Bloemfontein Celtic u/23 – 21 Caps Bloemfontein Celtic & African Warriors
14 Teboho Aaron Mokoena November 25th, 1980 (19) CB/DM AFC Ajax, Holland Bafana – 107 Caps & 1 Goal

u/23 – 3 Caps

326 Games & 5 Goals Jomo Cosmos, Bayer Leverkusen, AFC Ajax, Germinal Beerschot, RKC Genk, Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth & BidVest Wits
15 Siyabonga Eugene Nomvethe December 2nd, 1977 (22) RW/LW/CF Kaizer Chiefs Bafana – 81 Caps & 16 Goals 389 Games & 126 Goals African Wanderers, Kaizer Chiefs, Udinese, Salernitana, Empoli FC, Djurgårdens IF, Orlando Pirates, Aalborg BK, Moroka Swallows & AmaZulu
16 Delron Sebastian Buckley December 7th, 1977 (22) LW/AM/CF VfL Bocum, Germany Bafana – 73 Caps & 10 Goals

u/23 – 7 Caps & 1 Goal

u/20 – 5 Caps & 1 Goal

454 Games & 55 Goals VfL Bochum, Arminia Bielefeld, Borussia Dortmund, FC Basel, Mainz 05, Anorthosis Famagusta, Karlsruher SC & Maritzburg United
17 Benedict Saul McCarthy November 12th, 1977 (22) CF Celta de Vigo, Spain Bafana – 80 Caps & 32 Goals

u/23 – 13 Caps

418 Games & 161 Goals Seven Stars, AFC Ajax, Celta de Vigo, FC Porto, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United & Orlando Pirates
18 Brian Bafana Baloyi March 16th, 1974 (26) GK Kaizer Chiefs Bafana – 24 Caps

u/23 – 9 Caps

u/20 – 5 Caps

413 Games Alexandra United, Balfour Park, Kaizer Chiefs & Mamelodi Sundowns


Standby List:

Lebohang Kukame, Bloemfontein Celtic

Mzunani Mgwigwi, Bush Bucks

Patrick Mbuthu, Kaizer Chiefs

Rowen Fernandez, Wits University (BidVest Wits)


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