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Downs forward eyeing Olympics

After missing out on the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Mamelodi Sundowns forward Phakamani Mahlambi would love to get an opportunity to play in the upcoming edition in Tokyo next year.

Mahlambi tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while he was still at Bidvest Wits in 2016 and missed out on playing at the Olympics. The player has been called-up to the national under-23 for their upcoming U-23 Africa Cup of Nations first leg qualifier against Angola in Luanda on Friday. The second leg will be played at Bidvest Stadium next Tuesday, with the winner going on to play either Mozambique or Zimbabwe in the next round of qualifiers.

“It’s something that I’ve wanted to participate in. I missed the other one, so hopefully this time I will be fit enough to go there,” the speedy player told KickOff.com.

“It’s another time to start over again and obviously the aim is to qualify for the Olmypics, that’s what we are here for. We need to work a little bit more harder to get here. We are expected to serve the country is a good way.

“We are all professional enough to know what we are here for. The new guys have been trying to gel with the other guys, so it’s going to be a little bit difficult. But we have to do our jobs.”

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