African Olympians largely have disappointing outing as the Tokyo 2020 entered Day Four. Nigeria’s women’s basketball team, D’Tigress struggled in vain against gold medal hopefuls, USA in their opening game.
The badminton players recorded 2-0 losses in their various games that did not last longer than 24 minutes.
D’Tigress lost 72-81 to USA in their opening Group B game, with the MVP from the 2019 Afrobasket, Ezinne Kalu top scoring for the African champions with 16 points.
“We got our jitters out of the way as this is the first game and everyone came out a bit nervous, but I think we buckled down and played our game and played Nigeria basketball.” Kalu said.
“I am really glad at how we competed today – with a team like USA you have to play perfectly to beat them and I think we came out and fought as hard as we could.”
In the other game in the pool France lost 70-74 to Japan.
Next up for Nigeria will be France on Friday before they finish their group campaign against hosts Japan on Monday.
In women’s football, Zambia were knocked out of the women’s football after losing 1-0 to Brazil in their final group game as they played the majority of the match with 10 players.
Lushomo Mweemba was sent off in the 13th minute after a VAR check for a challenge on Brazil’s Ludmila.
The Copper Queens’ keeper Hazel Nali was then forced off with an injury to be replaced by Musole N’gambo two minutes later Brazil took the lead as Andressa scored from a free kick on the edge of the area.
In the other group match, the Netherlands thrashed China 8-2, to take their tally of goals to 21 from their three games.
The result means means Zambia finished third in Group F behind Netherlands and Brazil and ahead of China on goal difference.