South African women’s footballer Nothando Vilakazi baffled Olympics viewers by protecting her private parts in the wall during their match against Brazil at Rio 2016.
It is a move that male footballers do regularly – for obvious reasons. But with no obvious appendage, why did defender Vilakazi try and cover her nether regions?
South Africa’s women’s team, known as Bafana Bafana, ended their 2016 Rio Olympic medals hopes, and their entire campaign with a brave point against hosts Brazil in Manaus.
A sold out crowd expected Brazil, who have already impressively beaten China PR and Sweden earlier in the tournament, to brush them aside.
Star player and five-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Marta was given a rest, but she came on at the start of the second half to try and lift her team to victory.
They still go through to the next round in pursuit of a gold medal, while South Africa go home – with Vilakazi delighted she remained unscathed.