Olympics football: How South Africa could line up against France

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  1. Ronwen Williams, Bafana Bafana, October 2020

    GOALKEEPER - Ronwen Williams

    The experienced shot-stopper was one of South Africa's standout performers in the team's narrow 1-0 loss to tournament hosts, Japan in their opening Group A game on Thursday.
  2. Thendo Mukumela, Mamelodi Sundowns

    CENTRE BACK - Thendo Mukumela

    The Cape Town Spurs defender looked comfortable in central defence alongside Luke Fleurs and Tercious Malepe and he is likely to keep his place in the team.
  3. Luke Fleurs, South Africa U23, July 2021
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    CENTRE BACK - Luke Fleurs

    The 21-year-old did a good job against Japan's centre forward Daichi Hayashi while operating at the heart of South Africa's three-man centre defence. 
  4. Tercious Malepe, South Africa U23, July 2021

    CENTRE BACK - Tercious Malepe

    The Orlando Pirates academy product was arguably South Africa's best player against Japan and he will be determined to lead his troops to a win over France.
  5. Reeve Frosler, South Africa U23, July 2021
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    RIGHT WING-BACK - Reeve Frosler

    The Kaizer Chiefs full-back is likely to be up against the experienced Florian Thauvin, who is one of the over-age players in the France squad. 
  6. Sbusiso Mabiliso of South Africa vs Japan, Olympics
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    LEFT WING-BACK - Sibusiso Mabiliso

    The 22-year-old will be hoping to produce an improved performance having been at fault when Japan starlet Takefusa Kubo netted the only goal of the match against South Africa.
  7. Nkosingiphle Ngcobo South Africa U20

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Nkosingiphile Ngcobo

    The left-footed midfielder is likely to get the nod ahead of Goodman Mosele in midfield with the former having been introduced in stoppage time against Japan.
  8. Teboho Mokoena, South Africa U23, July 2021

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Teboho Mokoena

    The experienced midfielder is one of South Africa's key players and his performance could be key to the team's win over a much-fancied France side.
  9. Kobamelo Kodisang of South Africa U20

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Kobamelo Kodisang

    The Portugal-based playmaker caught the eye with his passing ability and sharp movement after coming on as a substitute against Japan and he could be handed a starting berth.
  10. Luther Singh, South Africa U23, July 2021

    CENTRE FORWARD - Luther Singh

    The gifted forward will be eager to impress by finding the back of the net when he faces the Young Blues having had a quiet match against Japan. 
  11. Evidence Makgopa, Bafana Bafana, June 2021

    CENTRE FORWARD - Evidence Makgopa

    The lanky marksman will be hoping for better service from teammates having cut a frustrated figure against Japan due to a lack of support.