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City Press Sport | November 8 2020
City Press Sport | November 8 2020

45 players in five years

In the wake of Fifa’s ruling that bars Kaizer Chiefs from registering new players over the next two transfer periods, Timothy Molobi believes the club could use this time to review its recruitment policy.

Motsepe gets backing for CAF presidency

Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe has been nominated to be the next CAF president.

Sources within the continental football fraternity told City Press that the mining magnate had already received backing from members of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations, the West African Football Union and the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations. Safa is believed to be among the Cosafa affiliates that are rooting for Motsepe to run for African football’s top seat.

Behind Pitso Mosimane’s every move, there’s Moira

At the age of 33, Moira Tlhagale oversaw a multibillion-rand project to build 10 stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, so negotiating coach Pitso Mosimane’s blockbuster move to Egyptian club Al Ahly was right up her alley, as City Press discovered during our one-on-one interview with her this week.

Players threaten TTM with garnishee orders

Former Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila players Oupa Manyisa and Joseph Molangoane have given the club until Wednesday to pay their due salaries or risk a garnishee order being placed against its PSL grant. The legal threats come after the DStv Premiership newcomers terminated the contracts of the pair before they had even kicked an official ball for the outfit.

Will Bafana make their home ground advantage count as Ntseki recalls old heads like Furman for São Tomé?

With Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki sending out an SOS to his experienced players, old heads like Dean Furman are ready to heed the call as the team looks to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Bafana will take on São Tomé and Príncipe in back-to-back Group C qualifiers starting in Durban on Friday. “It hasn’t been that long; it was just for one camp that the coach didn’t call up the experienced players. So it didn’t come as a surprise,” Furman tells City Press from England.

Hendricks is new Sascoc president

After months of factional battles and bickering, the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) eventually held its election yesterday, with Barry Hendricks emerging as the new president. He will lead the embattled sports umbrella body for the next four years. Interestingly, both his deputies are women – Lwandile Simelane from SA Hockey and Debra Alexander of Triathlon SA were seconded for first vice-president and second vice-president positions, respectively.

The law comes to Cricket SA

“I am sorry I didn’t respond to your message yesterday, I should have,” says former Constitutional Court Justice Zak Yacoob over the telephone.

“But you have to understand, it’s a busy time for a man who hasn’t done a proper day of work for a year or two … It’s tough having so many new responsibilities, I’m used to only getting up at 10am,” the 72-year-old Durbanite laughs heartily, then gets quite serious.

Two weeks ago, he was a highly respected former justice of the Constitutional Court. Then came an SMS from the minister of sport, Nathi Mthethwa – come and lead the new interim board of Cricket SA, please.

Mzansi’s motorbike star Binder’s great race to glory

City Press caught up with acclaimed MotoGP rider Brad Binder after he launched a documentary recounting his ride to success from Krugersdorp to the speedways of Europe.

SA new sprint ace Maswanganyi on coming to America

When he gets the text requesting this interview, there’s already something American about Phatutshedzo Maswanganyi’s response of “a bit later today should be good because it’s a holiday for me”.

This week marked 60 days since he made his move to the US to take up his athletics scholarship at the University of Houston, and the said holiday was the US elections. Having had his widely reported move delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak, the 19-year-old sprinter (100m and 200m) and long jumper feels he’s settled in after initially struggling with the stifling heat in Houston and the strangeness of being in a different country – and his welcome has been nothing short of VIP treatment.

How a talented Griquas player was nearly lost to rugby

Last year, Griquas utility back James Verity-Amm was sitting at home in Somerset West, Western Cape, sending out clips of himself playing in such exotic destinations as Spain, Portugal and the new Siberia of rugby careers, Russia. Scratching around for a team was a far cry from when the fullback, wing and outside centre played Super Rugby for Western Force and was courted by the Brumbies, the Melbourne Rebels and the New South Wales Waratahs just two years ago. But so desperate was he to get back on the field after a shoulder injury had kept him out of the game for more than a year, that the 26-year-old was prepared to play in the furthest-flung places to prove his worth again.

COLUMNS

Tim Spirit: Don’t jump to conclusions, Mzansi football fans

Why are football followers so quick to judge and reach conclusions without verifying facts first? Is it about who gets the word out first? What exactly is the rush?

This is something that has been bothering me for some time. This week was no different. Soon after we heard news of Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer leaving for Germany after last weekend’s derby, conspiracy theories started flying, with rumours running left, right and centre, writes Timothy Molobi.

Hanging Judge: They keep digging deeper into the handball hole

Just when we thought we had it all sorted out, along comes another handball directive that compounds confusion and heaps more pressure on the referee and their assistants, including the video assistant referee controllers. Handball – in its many variations and interpretations – has caused so much controversy that sometimes I don’t know if I’m coming or going, writes retired PSL referee Errol Sweeney.

Side Entry: Chasing the Sun with superior discontent

We’ve all taken something away from watching Chasing the Sun, the documentary about how the Springboks pulled off a modern-day miracle to win last year’s Rugby World Cup. Makazole Mapimpi has not only emerged as a Ferrari-mocking agent for social justice, he’s also the embodiment of the adage that it’s not about where you’re from; Rassie Erasmus sounded a little like a guy whose solution for most things was to “f**k them up physically”, but, by the looks of it, he’s an old softie; and the anoraks are still bugging out on the simplistic genius of “the mooove!”, writes Simnikiwe Xabanisa.


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