South Africa national under-23 football team

The South Africa national under-23 football team is a youth football (soccer) team, which represents South Africa and is controlled by the South African Football Association, the governing body for football in South Africa. The team's main objectives are to qualify and play at the All-Africa Games and Olympic Games. The team has played at three All-Africa Games and one Olympic tournament. Players who are selected, will be 23 or younger in the following Olympic year. With the next Olympics being held in London in 2012, players need to have been born on or after 1 January 1989. At the Olympic finals tournament, the team may be supplemented with 3 over-age players.[2]

South Africa U-23
AssociationSouth African Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Head coachDavid Notoane
CaptainRepo Malepe
First colours
Second colours
First international
 South Africa 0–0 Ghana [1]
Olympic Games
Appearances2 (first in 2000)
Best resultGroup Stage (2000, 2016)
Africa U-23 Cup of Nations
Appearances3 (first in 2011)
Best resultThird place (2015, 2019)
African Games
Appearances4 (first in 1999)
Best resultRunner up (2011)


The team was started in 1994, when SAFA decided to form a youth team. The team has been sponsored by SASOL since its inception, leading to the nickname, 'Amaglug-glug'. The team's greatest achievements to date include a third-place finish at the 1999 All-Africa Games, hosted in South Africa and qualifying for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Tournament records

Olympic Games record

Olympic Games
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1992Did not enter------
1996Did not qualify------
2000Group Stage310255
2004Did not qualify------
2008Did not qualify------
2012Did not qualify------
2016Group Stage302112

All-Africa Games record

All-Africa Games
Hosts/Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
1999Third Place532082
2003Group Stage301226
2007Group Stage310214
2011Runners up522052
2015Did not qualify
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shootout.

Recent results and fixtures


Current squad

2019 South Africa Mens U23 National Team

Goalkeepers: Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic)‚ Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town‚ Andile Mbanjwa (Richards Bay FC)

Defenders: Keagan Johannes (Ajax Cape Town)‚ Siyabonga Ngezana (Kaizer Chiefs‚ Thendo Mukumela (Ajax Cape Town)‚ Thabiso Monyane (Orlando Pirates)‚ Happy Mashiane (Kaizer Chiefs)‚ Tercious Malepe (Chippa United)‚ Katlego Mohamme (University of Pretoria)‚ Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City)

Midfielders: Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United)‚ Athenkosi Dlala (University of Pretoria‚ Kobamelo Kodisang (FC Braga‚ Portugal)‚ Kamohelo Mahlatsi (University of Pretoria)‚ Grant Margeman (Ajax Cape Town)‚ Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United)

Strikers: Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns)‚ Lyle Foster (Cercle Brugge‚ Belgium)‚ Itumeleng Shopane (Swallows FC), Luther Singh (Moreirense FC‚ Portugal)

Notable former players

Players who have previously played for the under-23 team, and have since gone on to play for the senior team:



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