Banyana coach blames nerves

Banyana Banyana's Noko Matlou, playing in the first Olympic match against Sweden. Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/SA Sports Picture Agency.

JOHANNESBURG - Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza on Wednesday said his side has a tough road ahead.

However, he said with the nerves of the opening game out the way, the team would perform better.

The local side was annihilated 4-1 by Sweden in their first opening game at the Olympics.

The Swedes scored three goals in the first half while Banyana battled to stay in the game.

Mkhonza said, “We are going to fight for 4 points. We know it’s not going to be easy, but this is football and the girls willl do well in the next two games.”

Banyana will now play Canada on Saturday.

The Olympics officially kickoff on Friday evening.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)