Amaglug-glug has completed preparations for their international friendly match against Japan at the General Sports Stadium on Wednesday.
Owen da Gama’s side had their one and only training session to get ready for the Kirin Challenge Cup – an annual tournament by one of the biggest sporting corporations in Japan, reports Safa.com.
The 54-year-old insists that his side accepted the innovations to play Japan in preparations for the upcoming Rio Olympics games in August.
‘During the Olympic Games we are going to come across many different styles of football, therefore we thought it necessary to test different variations of our game. The beauty of football is that although there are many different styles to the game, the foundations of defending and attack are always similar,’ said Da Gama.
‘Japan played against Iraq during the Olympic qualifiers of the Asian region, and they were crowned champions, therefore, it is great that we have been bestowed with this opportunity to play them in this once-off encounter.’
Da Gama went on to say that his side will use this one match challenge to build on their strengths and weaknesses.
‘Japan is tactically very disciplined and organised throughout the match. They have been together for about 3 years and that means they have a very strong bond amongst their players. Our strengths are based on keeping ball possession, while they like to press high,’ he added.
‘They have a collective defensive organisation and are a hard team to break down from what we have seen, so it is going to be very interesting for us to try and break them down. We are going to use this match to build on our strengths and weaknesses, along with gaining the much need confidence going forward,’ Da Gama concluded
The South African Olympic team has been drawn into Group A alongside hosts Brazil, Iraq and Denmark, while Japan is in Group B with Nigeria, Colombia and Sweden.
Kick-off has been set for 12:30.