National Under-23 coach Owen da Gama was over the moon after South Africa reached the semi-final of the Olympic qualification tournament in Senegal over the weekend.
Menzi Masuku scored a late winner as the South Africans snatched a late 1-0 win in Mbour.
“The dream lives on,” Da Gama said. “When we left home the mission was to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games, and we are still on track.
“We mentioned that we will take it one game at a time, and it has worked for us. We did not want to get ahead of ourselves by thinking about the final before we had even qualified for the last four.
“Now we are just one match away from achieving our dreams. It would make life so much easier if we were to qualify for the final outright and eliminate all the pressure, that would also be killing two birds with one stone – qualifying for the Olympics and playing in the final.”
South Africa will face Algeria in the semi-final on Wednesday after the north Africans finished top of Group B with a goalless draw against Nigeria on Saturday.
They will meet at Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar. Kickoff is at 20h30 South African time.
In the other semi-final encounter, hosts Senegal are up against Nigeria on the same day and at the same venue. Kickoff for this clash is at 17h00 South African time.