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Monday Aug 08, 2016. 11:06
Despite losing their opening two matches at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Zimbabwe assistant coach Sithethelelwe Sibanda has expressed happiness in her team's performance against Canada.
The Mighty Warriors lost 3-1 to Canada on Saturday night; and they are mathematically out of the race to reach the quarterfinals.
In their opening Group F tie, they were demolished 6-1 by Germany, but Sibanda has praised her charges.
A brace from Janine Beckie and one goal from Christine Sinclair downed the Southern Africans with Mavis Chirandu finding the back of the net for Zimbabwe.
“It was a spirited fight in the second half by the girls, the goals conceded were soft and just lack of international experience,” said Sibanda.
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“But we are really happy they competed and improved in the second half on the confidence to play when we won possession.”
Speaking to FIFA.com, Chirandu said she was excited to have scored as it was her maiden Olympic appearance.
“I was pretty excited, wasn’t I?”, it was my first ever match at the Olympics and my first goal too," adds the 21-year-old.
"I didn’t play in the opening game and I’ve never played in front of such a big crowd at a stadium like this before.
"It was definitely worth celebrating and I wanted the fans to go crazy with me.”
Shadreck Mlauzi's side will now meet Australia (who are third with one point) on Tuesday.
The Mighty Warriors will want to exit the tournament with a win in their final Group F match which is set to be staged at Fonte Nova Arena Salvador on Tuesday. Kick-off is at 16h00 (CAT).