Johannesburg (AFP) – South African soccer legend Neil Tovey says a tug-of-war between golf equipment and nations towards the group that can be taking part in a qualifying match this weekend is a "disgrace."
Egypt will maintain the competitors for footballers beneath the age of 23 in Cairo from eight to 22 November, together with South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria and Zambia.
The three finest gamers will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, hoping to emulate the gold medalists Nigeria (1996) and Cameroon (2000).
In every nation, a 21-member squad is allowed, however when the South Africans arrived in Cairo this week, they solely had 12 gamers.
A world FIFA window will run from 11 to 19 November, and high golf equipment within the Republic will refuse to launch gamers chosen for Egypt exterior of those dates.
"It's a disgrace, it's downright devilish that they can’t have the perfect gamers," mentioned Tovey, who gained the 1996 African Nations Cup title for South Africa.
The 57-year-old is technical director of the South African Soccer Affiliation (Safa).
"It is a unhappy scenario – begging golf equipment for gamers The squad was modified six or seven instances inside 10 days of the ultimate announcement.
"It was an absolute nightmare for weeks, we now have to cease being egocentric."
South Africa is likely one of the few African international locations the place soccer will not be managed completely by the nationwide affiliation.
There’s a separate panel that governs the world-class membership soccer and infrequently tenses its muscle tissue by coming into battle with Safa on points that embrace the supply of gamers.
South Africa play in Group B with Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Zambia. Until the golf equipment give in, there’ll solely be a full squad on the second sport towards Ivorer.
– Excessive rated Zambia –
Till then, they could possibly be in a win-or-lose scenario as their first match this Saturday is towards the extremely rated Zambia, from which many gamers have gained the 2017 African Youth Championship.
Constant Zambian scorer Vogue Sakala performs for Ostend in Belgium. His teammates embrace the Pink Bull Salzburg pair Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu.
Nigeria can be with out Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal and Victor Osimhen of Lille, who’ve been appointed by the senior nationwide group to qualify for the African Nations Cup.
However former Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali, who now works with Spanish second division Huesca, mentioned: "We are going to compete if we mix our abilities to enhance the group."
He praised Turkey-born captain and midfielder Azubuike Okechukwu, saying his "braveness and dedication are nice examples for the remainder of us".
Egypt have ready for Group A matches towards Mali, Cameroon and Ghana beneath former nationwide coach Shawky Gharib, gained six warm-up video games and performed a draw.
After stunning the nationwide group as hosts of the 2019 Nations Cup after dropping to South Africa within the second spherical, the Olympics squad is beneath nice stress to qualify for Japan.
"That is the perfect Olympic squad Egypt has ever had," Gharib boasts. "All gamers play commonly within the home league and are skilled."
Cameroon was additionally a tug-of-war of struggle victims, however not as a lot as South Africa. French Ligue 1 facet Good refused to launch striker Ignatius Ganago.