SAFA have confirmed David Notoane’s appointment as the new coach of the South African U23 Olympic side.
Notoane is the current coach of Mamelodi Sundowns’ Multichoice Diski Challenge team but has previously been in junior national team set-ups.
In 2015, he led the national U20 side, Amajita, to the historic Commonwealth Cup title in Russia and also served as an assistant to Thabo Senong at the Caf Under-20 8-Nations tournament in Senegal the same year.
Notoane also led the Durban Annual Under-19 International tournament in 2016, where they lost in the final to Arsenal.
“I am very excited about this project, and I am looking forward to doing justice to the faith shown in me by doing my utmost best to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Notoane said.
“I would want to take this opportunity to thank the Association, especially President Danny Jordaan and head of the technical committee, Mr Maluleke, for the faith shown in me.
“And not forgetting my club Mamelodi Sundowns, who allowed me to take up this latest challenge,” added Notoane.
The SA Olympic team will begin their journey for Tokyo 2020 with a first-round match against Angola, away on Friday, 22 March, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, 26 March.
The overall winner of this encounter will play either against one of Zimbabwe, eSwatini (Swaziland) or Mozambique for a ticket to the 8-Nations tournament scheduled for Egypt in November this year, where three top countries will qualify for Tokyo 2020.