No silver lining for Banyana
IF Banyana Banyana think their 4-1 defeat to Sweden in their London Olympics opening match on Wednesday was a tough encounter, then they should brace themselves for worse in their next two group fixtures.
Banyana face Canada tomorrow before finishing off their Group F matches with an encounter with world champions Japan on Tuesday.
The South Africans may have put up a plucky fight in the second half of their loss to Sweden after they trailed 3-0 just 20 minutes into the game, but the Swedes did not play to their full potential.
And Banyana cannot expect any favours from the seventh-ranked Canadians, who are still licking their wounds from the 2-1 defeat to Japan in the first Group F match.
There will be some positives for the side to take from their improved showing in the second half, and the jaw-dropping long-range effort by veteran Portia Modise.
"I saw early in the game that the goalkeeper's weakness was always coming off her line so I took a shot and it came off," Modise said.