The Amaglug-glug handler is eagerly anticipating the Olympics opener against the hosts and feels the Dream Team are a team to watch in Rio
South Africa U23 coach Owen Da Gama believes that hosts Brazil and Nigeria are the sides to watch out for when the men’s Olympics football event begins in August.
The Amaglug-glug edged Senegal at the 2015 African U23 Championship to seal a place in the 2016 Olympics and the tactician is hoping can make an impact when the event begins.
And reflecting on how his side secured the Olympics ticket, Gama told Fifa.com : “It might bring us luck. Who knows? I always prefer to start off against the big teams, though, and I think Brazil and Nigeria are the best two sides. After that, the only way is up.”
South Africa face A Seleção in their opening game of the competition and Gama is not ruling out the possibility of his side causing an upset.
“Anything’s possible in football,” he continued.
“The fact that we have only five of our guys playing in Europe, with the rest of the team based at home, perhaps works in our favour, as we can spend more time together and play together. It could be an advantage, though you still have to respect Brazil all the same.”