Africa’s representatives in the female football event of the London Olympics, Cameroon and South Africa, got their campaign off on a losing note as the duo suffered heavy defeats Wednesday night.
Cameroon, who ousted Nigeria in the African qualifiers, got a dose of Brazilian Samba as they were pummeled 5-0 by the South American ladies.
The performance saw Brazil go top of Group E which also has host, Team GB and New zealand.
Early goals from Francielle and Renato Costa put Brazil in control, before captain Marta with a brace, and substitute Cristiane sealed victory.
Team GB women, who are in the same Group, were top for just a couple of hours after they overcame New Zealand with a 1-0 in Cardiff with a Steph Houghton goal in the earlier match of the day.
It wasn’t any better for the continent’s other representative as Sweden walloped South Africa 4-1 in the other game involving an African team.
The Sweds shot into the lead barely seven minutes into the game through N. Fischer, while L. Dahlkvist doubled the lead in the 20th minute, a minute later. Schelin put the game beyond the South Africans with the third goal.
In the second half however, the nervous South Africans played better, scoring a goal through P.Modise but the Sweds still scored another goal to keep their three-goal cushion and end the tie at 4-1.
For the African duo, who are only making their debut appearance at Olympics, they would have wished for a better debut performance.
In other games, the United States survived an early scare to defeat France 4-2.
The French ladies had previously shot to a 2-0 lead before the American Ladies rallied back for the win.
The other result for the night saw Japan defeat Canada 2-1.
The football event is coming ahead of the highly anticipated opening ceremony of the Olympics billed for Friday.
Nigeria, sadly, is missing in the male and football events of this year’s Olympics having failed to make it through the African qualifiers.