South Africa suffer narrow loss to Japan, host of Olympic football opening game
Posted On July 22, 2021
that of David Notoane South African olympic team suffered a close 1-0 defeat against the host country Japan in their Group A opener at Tokyo Stadium on Thursday.
Japan dominated much of the first half after Notoane opted to use a cautious tactical approach by appointing a five-man defense to nullify their opponents.
This meant that Japan, who looked more dangerous on both sides, dominated possession with SA goalkeeper Ronwen Williams in impressive form to keep the scores level.
The growing pressure from the Japanese was finally revealed as the host nation took the lead in the 71st minute thanks to midfielder Kubo Takefusa.
Notoane was then forced to change his approach and formation as South Africa sought an equalizer.
Despite their efforts, South Africa was unable to find the most important goal as it made a losing start in its Olympic campaign.
South Africa will be next in action when they face France on Sunday, as they are also grouped alongside Mexico in Group A.
Earlier Thursday, Mexico beat France 4-1.
The top two teams from each pool will advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.