Banyana Banyana’s star players Roxanne Barker and Noko Matlou have apologised to the nation for their poor display against China at the Rio Olympics.
Banyana lost their Group E match 2-0 against a Chinese team that were crushed 3-0 by host nation Brazil in the first game.
Despite being drawn in a tough group, Banyana Banyana were still expected to put up a fight.
But they found the going tough. Banyana are yet to win a game at the Olympics and things will not get any easier for them as they face Brazil in Manaus tomorrow night at 9pm (2am SA time).
Barker, who could not save the team from being eliminated despite her heroics in goal, said they will learn from this heartbreak.
“We tried our level best but it was not good enough. We apologise to the people back home. We still have a long way to go in our game. We still lack the necessary maturity at the highest level needed to compete against the best teams,” Barker said.
Matlou, a veteran of two Olympic Games, may well have featured in her last Olympics. She might not be around at the Tokyo 2020 Games, if Banyana qualifies.
“Our biggest problem is scoring goals,” Matlou said. “Our preparations went well but concentration has been our biggest downfall here.”
Matlou added that the biggest lesson that she learnt in her two Olympics is that if a team does not convert their chances they deserve to pack their bags and go back home.