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Tim Spirit | Enough of this carnage. Don’t wait for another player to die

We are in mourning again as a nation. Another footballer’s life has been lost in yet another road accident. Just more than a year ago, I penned the piece “Let’s get real about players’ road deaths”, in which I lamented that our local footballers were perishing on our roads. I was particularly concerned about the time of day when they meet their untimely deaths, writes Timothy Molobi.

Hanging Judge: Respect fades as the need to win knows no bounds

Let me say right at the start of this column that I mean no ill will to anyone and particularly those unfortunate enough to have contracted the dreadful Covid-19 coronavirus. From a purely football point of view, the virus has done one thing that I have been writing about for some time – it has stopped players from shaking hands with each other and the match officials at the start of the game. I have never experienced anything more hypocritical and meaningless as this false and insincere handshaking, writes Errol Sweeney.

Side Entry: SA Rugby franchises will finally be briefed about equity deal

It was nine months ago that news of private equity firm CVC Capital Partners’ wanting a percentage shareholding in SA Rugby first filtered through the local ecosystem’s grapevine.

Despite the negotiations having taken that long – whole babies have been born in that time – not only are they understood to still not have been concluded, the chief executives of the main franchises claim to be in the dark about the details surrounding the proposed deal, writes Simnikiwe Xabanisa.

STORIES

Mosimane’s CAF win a coup for South Africa

Pitso Mosimane steering Al Ahly to CAF Champions League triumph is a major diplomatic coup for South Africa and a huge boost for Patrice Motsepe’s aspirations to become the next CAF president. This is the view of Safa president Danny Jordaan, who, alongside Motsepe, was among the few spectators at Cairo International Stadium on Friday when Mosimane etched his name into the history books of Egyptian football after guiding Al Ahly to a 2-1 win over staunch rivals Zamalek.

CAF manual deals a blow to SA coaches in interclub tournament

Two of the four South African clubs taking part in African interclub competitions will be without their head coaches during their matches because they are in breach of CAF rules.

Maradona, one of a kind

When most teams that participated in the 2010 Fifa World Cup opted for five-star hotels that were situated near trendy shopping malls as their base camps, all Diego Maradona wanted for Argentina was a facility located within walking distance of the training grounds.

Farewell jersey No 16

Former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns defender Anele Ngcongca enjoyed cult hero status at Jupiler Pro League club Genk, where he spent eight years. This week, the club confirmed that it would honour Ngcongca posthumously by retiring the number 16 jersey. In an interview with City Press in June, Ngcongca shared his photo album of his time with Genk.

To hell and back: Swallows defender defies the odds

Swallows FC defender Wandisile Letlabika has overcome serious health scares over the past three years that almost prematurely ended his career. The 31-year-old spent nine months on the sidelines after damaging his knee in December 2017 and endured another career-threatening moment last year when he suffered a concussion during a game. The bearded defender from KwaZakhele township in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, defied the odds and has thanked a Mamelodi Sundowns team doctor for saving his life.

SA fans to remain banned from stadiums

South African sports fans will have to wait a while longer before they are allowed back into stadiums, as government is unwilling to take any chances during the Covid-19 pandemic. Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will not be giving sport any preferential treatment with regard to the regulations.

African Wunderkind makes history as the youngest player in Bundesliga

When Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre told Youssoufa Moukoko that he should warm up last weekend, fans watching the game on TV knew straight away that history was in the making.

The striker had celebrated his 16th birthday the day before his club’s away match at Hertha BSC Berlin. And when he replaced Norwegian Erling Haaland, who himself is only 20, Moukoko became the youngest player to feature in the Bundesliga. Who is Moukoko?

SA Rugby sides face pay cut challenges

All things being equal, rugby’s pay cuts will be a thing of the past as of New Year’s Day. But the game is bracing itself for a return to more of the same should there be a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which would necessitate another lockdown. By a show of (some) hands, most franchises have indicated that they would like to go back to business as usual when it comes to salaries.

Influential Linde could do even more for Proteas

Cobras left-arm spinner George Linde had hardly had time to let his influential T20 debut for the Proteas sink in when it was suggested that he could play an even more important role for his new team.

Linde put in an accomplished performance in his introduction to international white ball cricket at Newlands in Cape Town a couple of days ago after opening the bowling against the might of England’s batting line-up. But, with the hosts having already lost the first of three games going into today’s match in Paarl, former Proteas left-arm spinner and current Warriors coach Robin Peterson said Linde could take on even more responsibility.

SA Netball rookies pass the test against Malawi

At 18, Kamogelo Maseko is the youngest in the Spar Proteas netball team. But when she made her international debut in the first test against Malawi this week at the Sun City Superbowl in North West, and succeeded with three of her four shots at goal, it showed the great job coach Dorette Badenhorst is doing in nurturing South African netballers. 


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