AFCON U23: SA buoyant ahead of Algeria clash

South African U23 Men's National Team defender Rivaldo Coetzee is confident that his side will keep Algeria [who is their semi final opponent in the ongoing 2015 U23 Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] tournament] at bay on Wednesday 9 December for a chance to qualify for finals.

South Africa beat Tunisia by a solitary goal in their last match and Rilvado believes that it is also possible to replicate the same on the North Africans.

Don't concede

-And going into the Algeria game we need to be compact again like we were against Tunisia and make sure we don't concede, and then we have a chance of winning the game because in every match we create chances. We just need to convert those chances and put them under pressure with an early goal, he told allafrica.com.

-In the first game we conceded two early goals and that's what killed us. it's always difficult for a team to come from behind but as the tournament progressed we started to play the football that we know. In the first game we focused too much on our opponents (Senegal) and the last two games we focused on us and our play, and the guys realized what potential we have and what we can do when we play our football, and that has helped us get two good results in the last two games, he added.

Kick off

The match will be played at Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar, Senegal as from 2030 hours.