TeamSA will be hoping to do better at the Tokyo Olympic on Sunday following a disappointing showing all round on Saturday.
David Notoane’s U23 side will hope to make amends when they take on France in the second match. Amaglug-glug, as South Africa are affectionately known, lost their opening match 1-0 to hosts, Japan after employing a rather conservative approach which allowed the Japanese to pile on pressure on them for most of the match.
However, Notoane’s team will have no choice but to take the game to the French with an added pressure to win a match to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the tournament. Both teams will go into the match after their respective opening matching, with France having gone down 4-1 to Mexico.
Mexico will face off against host Japan and both teams will need a victory to secure a place in the next round.
In hockey, South Africa will face off against Netherlands in the men’s Pool B. On Saturday, Britain, who have won Olympic gold in the men’s tournament three times, defeated South Africa 3-1 in the men’s hockey tournament helped by a second minute goal from Sam Ward and two more in the second half. The match will kick off at 14h15.
Ireland’s women’s team beat South Africa 2-0 in the women’s tournament, at their first Olympics.
Henri Schoeman and Richard Murray will also try their luck in the triathlon, while Bianca Buitendag will have a go at it in surfing.
In the women’s road race, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Carla Oberholzer will look to do better than Stefan de Bod who finished 52nd in the men’s road race while Nic Dlamini and Ryan Gibbons did not finish the race.
In swimming, Tatiana Schoenmaker and Ering Ghallager are expected to compete in the in 100m breaststroke and butterfly, respectively, while Pieter Coetzee and Michael Houlie are expected to compete in the 100m backstroke and breaststroke, respectively.
Brendan Valjalo will compete in the street heats in skateboarding.
South Africa will also take on Italy in the men’s pool in Waterpolo at 3pm.