Defensive midfielder of the South African Men’s Olympic Team, Mothobi Mvala, has apologised for the red card he received in the opening match of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games against hosts Brazil.
The clash, which was played on Thursday, 5 August at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, ended in a goalless draw.
Mvala received his marching orders in the 58th minute following a second yellow card, leaving his compatriots to battle it out against a strong Brazil side for just over half an hour.
“I feel really bad for getting a red card and I feel as though I made a big mistake which was unnecessary, but I had to do something in the situation. I want to apologize to my teammates and the country as a whole, as I may have disappointed a lot of people. I believe I have learnt a lot from that mistake,” said Mvala.
“I also want to applaud my teammates for their courageous performance after my departure. We played really well, and they continued even during my absence. They did extremely well, and I just believe had it not been for my error maybe we could have attacked more instead of being defensive for the last 30 minutes. It was hard work but they pulled it off.”
Mvala will serve a one-match suspension.
South Africa faces Denmark on Sunday, 7 August 2016.