Buccaneer Doutie is one of Africa's best

12 December 2011 - 01:52 By Sports staff
Phumelelo Bhengu of SA under-23s is tackled by Germano Diogo of Angola during the All Africa Games qualifier in February Picture: GALLO IMAGES
Phumelelo Bhengu of SA under-23s is tackled by Germano Diogo of Angola during the All Africa Games qualifier in February Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Sameehg Doutie, the 22-year-old Orlando Pirates midfielder, was one of the best players at the African under-23 football championship which ended in Marrakech, Morocco, on Saturday night.

The former Ajax Cape Town star, who joined Pirates this year, was part of the Baby Bafana team at the tournament. South Africa finished last in their group of the competition, but Doutie obviously impressed the selectors, who picked him as part of the Best XI in the tournament.

Gabon were surprise winners of the event, which served as a final Olympic qualifier for Africa. They beat Morocco 2-1 in the final.

Egypt finished third after beating Senegal 2-0 in the play-off to also qualify. Senegal will now be involved in a play-off against an Asian team for a place at the London Olympics.

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