Banyana Banyana kick off Rio games with a loss to Sweden

The Swedes dominated the match and it was Roxy Barker in goal for SA who had an outstanding game.

Banyana Banyana lost 1-0 in their first officials Rio Olympics to Sweden on 3 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Picture: Facebook.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Banyana Banyana officially kicked off the Rio Olympics yesterday but lost their opening game of the football competition going down narrowly 1-0 to European giants Sweden.

The official opening ceremony of the showpiece event is now just over a day away.

A 75th-minute strike from Nilla Fischer put Banyana Banyana's hopes of causing an unlikely upset as they were beaten 1-0 in their Group E clash at the Olympic Stadium.

The Swedes dominated for most of the match and it was Roxy Barker in goal for South Africa who had an outstanding game.

Despite the loss coach Vera Pauw happy with the effort of her team and immediately shifted her focus to their second game against China on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in today's action Owen de Gama's under 23's get their campaign underway against Brazil tonight. Kick-off is at 9pm.

Other Games news has seen the Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissing appeals from Russia's weightlifters and rowers to be reinstated in the showpiece.

Nigeria's footballers are in the headlines yet again, this time they are stuck in Atlanta because an administrative bungle means that the money transferred for their charter flight hasn't been made yet.

Olympic and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will be Britain's flag bearer at tomorrow's Opening Ceremony.

While the IOC also confirmed, as expected, that five new sports, skateboarding, karate, surfing climbing and baseball or softball will be part of the Tokyo Games in 2020.