Janine van Wyk (Gallo Images)
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Banyana captain Janine van Wyk has explained why the team are
heartbroken at the nature of the defeat to Sweden in their opening Rio
Olympics Group E clash.
Banyana looked comfortable for most of the match against the Swedes
before a calamitous goalkeeping mistake by Roxanna Barker gifted their
opponents the points.
The result is a big setback in the team's hopes of advancing out of a tough group that also contains Brazil and China.
Nonetheless, despite the loss, Van Wyk believes Banyana's spirit can
carry them through against China on Sunday. She revealed why the
heartbreaking nature of the loss to Sweden has only strengthened
"It is heartbreaking that we didn't get any points against Sweden. I
believe they didn't really deserve the three points, but we have to
leave this behind, rectify our mistakes and focus on the next
assignment," she told the South African Football Association's official
Banyana face China on Sunday in a match which could prove decisive in
deciding whether or not Vera Pauw's side advance out of the group