How Mashaba inspired Notoane's coaching at international level.

There’s an abundance of talent at the U23 level in South Africa and this is what made it easier for David Notoane to agree to coach this team. Notoane was only confirmed last week as the new U23 head coach just few weeks before the team has to face Angola in the CAF U23 Championships second round qualifiers this month. The Mamelodi Sundowns reserve team coach replaces Owen Da Gama who took the U23’s to the Rio Olympics in Brazil three years ago. The CAF U23 Championships will take place in Egypt in November and the top three teams in that tournament qualify to to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The only blemish with this appointment is that SAFA took long to confirm Notoane and now he will not have any training match before playing the official qualifier away to Angola on the 22nd of this month and here at home four days later. The former Santos striker is hoping that they will be able to overcome this challenge. As part of his technical team, Notoane has roped in one of the most respected youth coaches in the country Kwanele Kopo and he says their selection will reflect their experience in working with talented youth players. Notoane is no stranger to coaching at international level, having worked as Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba’s assistant at the U23’s before. He also won the Commonwealth Cup with the U20’s as a caretaker coach. The 50year-old says Mashaba has had a strong influence in his coaching career especially at international level.