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Johannesburg – The South African national women's side must overcome their nerves when they take on Canada in their second Group F Olympic Games fixture in Coventry on Saturday.
Banyana Banyana lost their opening tie 4-1 to Sweden, who are ranked fourth in the world, at the same venue on Wednesday.
The seventh-placed Canucks, who lost 2-1 to Japan in their opening encounter, competed with South Africa in the Cyprus Women's Cup earlier this year.
“We have seen a bit of Canada in action when we participated at the Cyprus Women's Cup in February this year and have an idea of what to expect,” said Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini, who is fighting flu symptoms ahead of the clash.
“The nerves of the first match are now behind us and we hope to do our country proud when we face them on Saturday.”
Banyana, in their Olympic debut, were rocked by a poor start against the Swedes, conceding three goals in the opening 20
minutes, before making a solid comeback in the second half.
“It's a great experience for South Africa to play at this level of women's football,” Dlamini said.
The South Africans need a win against Canada to keep their knockout stage ambitions alive.
Their final group match is against the current Fifa World Cup champions, Japan, next Tuesday. – Sapa