They have come here from all corners of the world and have been called names – plumbers, journeymen, palookas – and they are still coming. Over the years, the PSL has attracted some excellent coaches and players, but some failed the test on the field. While there are growing concerns about South Africa’s porous borders, the same can be said about the coaches and players who get a free ride at PSL clubs, writes Timothy Molobi
The assault of football referees is a subject very close to my heart, having been the victim of such an attack. And although it happened some years ago, it still resonates after all this time. I’m sure I’m not alone in the refereeing fraternity and there’ll be many more who, after reading this column, will recall a time when they were also the victim of a cowardly attack by players, managers or spectators, writes ex-PSL referee Errol Sweeney
If the social media experts have it right, only five players were good enough to have played for the Proteas in the T20 whitewash by England. As for the rest of the Proteas, they were either not good enough, not ready or – you’ve guessed it – just plain quotas, writes Simnikiwe Xabanisa.
The mission to end the long Soweto PSL trophy drought will step up a notch in the MTN8 final. Orlando Pirates will face Bloemfontein Celtic in the lucrative final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday. While many people have focused on Kaizer Chiefs’ trophy drought since 2015, their archrivals Pirates have had an even longer dry run. But the jinx could continue, especially with Bucs coming up against a cocky Celtic side.
Although fans are not yet allowed to attend local football matches, Moses Mabhida Stadium will still cash in from the PSL for hosting the MTN8 final between Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday. Like many venues that generate income from events, the stadium has been severely affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. For staging the Wafa Wafa decider, the PSL will pay for the venue and security related costs.
A cool $10 000 for a tour of the Cape Town Stadium. That was the amount – more than R150 000 – that the president of the Western Province Rugby Union, Zelt Marais, is said to have demanded from a potential American investor for a tour of the Stormer’s new home.
With their team in the eye of the Covid-19 storm in Port Elizabeth, DStv Premiership campaigners Chippa United might be forced to move away from their home ground, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium – an exercise that will not be cheap, according to Chilli Boys’ chairperson, Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi.
Anthony Laffor saw his departure from Mamelodi Sundowns coming, but leaving the club he served for eight years is not the end of the world, the star winger told City Press shortly after confirming that he was parting ways with the Tshwane powerhouse on Friday. The Liberian also talks about his relationship with Pitso Mosimane and Liberian football great-turned-president George Weah.
With five goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 16 midfielders and the shortened 2020/21 season, Mamelodi Sundowns’ technical team face the challenge of keeping their large squad of players happy. The Brazilians went on a shopping spree during the transfer window, acquiring 13 new players. Of those on the long list of newcomers, only a handful have had game-time so far. Sundowns’ admin boss, Yogesh Singh, shares how the club is working on restructuring the squad.
Swallows FC owner David Mogashoa’s boardroom resembles a Formula One (F1) garage. His red and black F1-style office chairs draw your attention as soon as you step into the headquarters of Bahwiti Investments, Mogashoa’s business empire in Germiston, Ekurhuleni. But it’s on the Twitter streets where the other side of Mogashoa comes out.
Newton Sports Agency, the company run by former South Africa sprinter Lee-Roy Newton, has cast doubt on whether recent social media accusations levelled against it by Luvo Manyonga were even written by the star long jumper. After a year in which the Olympics silver medallist and 2017 world champion have not competed, Manyonga appeared to have taken to Twitter this week, claiming Newton’s agency had stolen from him. But Newton not only denied the allegations, but he also questioned the authenticity of the tweets, while he’s also “deeply concerned for Manyonga’s safety, as well as his emotional and psychological wellbeing”.
It appears as if football fans’ thirst for live-action will continue as most of the popular amateur tournaments this month have been cancelled. Spectators have not been allowed to watch live matches at stadiums across the country since March when sporting activities were suspended following the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. As the country heads into the festive period, it was hoped the popular games traditionally held this month would end the drought, but some organisers have opted to call off the tournaments.
Confusion reigns on the status of the Stormers and MVM Holdings’ proposed equity deal, but the one certain thing is that the US consortium is now talking to the Sharks.
Depending on who you speak to, the negotiations between the Cape Town franchise and MVM Holdings – which have dragged on way beyond the initial 45-day exclusivity talks arrangement because Western Province’s elected officials refuse to hand the Americans 51% control for their estimated R100 million cash investment – are either ongoing or finally off.
Following Romain Grosjean’s scary accident in Formula 1’s Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend, FIA medical car crew members Dr Ian Roberts and South African Alan van der Merwe have rightly received plaudits. Their rigorous training and preparation never stop, and it paid off last Sunday.