When the South African national U23 side, better known as Amaglug-glug, booked their ticket to Rio 2016 Olympics, the nation was jubilant.
The team beat Senegal 3-1 in December, and the nation's hopes were high. Everyone started talking about the Class of 2000, and the opening fixture against Brazil was to be the yardstick. When our boys held the Selecao side to a draw, our hopes were still high and we all believed that we could get maximum points against Denmark and Iraq, although we didn't think that the games would be a walk-over.
But it all went pear shaped when Denmark defeated us 1-0 on Monday morning. As things stand, Amaglug-glug are rooted at the bottom of Group A with a single point and -1 goal difference. The next game against Iraq is a must win, with a minimum of two goals needed and no goals can be conceded. But after the loss to Denmark, what went wrong for our boys?
They held their own against the best of Africa to get to Rio, then held the hosts at bay to make their intentions clear. On top of it all, they have one of the best squads at the Olympics, and in our group. With the likes of Keegan Dolly, Itumeleng Khune and Erick Mathoho. It seemed the likes of Denmark and Iraq stood no chance.
But now they are on the verge of elimination. Was it a matter of overconfidence from our players after holding their own against Brazil in the Denmark game, or a change of tactics from the technical team? Or was Denmark just too good a side, or perhaps it’s a case of our best players underperforming?
What exactly went wrong with Amajita?
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