What’s in City Press Sport: Irate fans put Chiefs ‘family business’ under microscope; Doc Khumalo could return to Chiefs as Hunt’s assistant; Stormers could lose senior players over investment deal

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City Press Sport | September 13 2020
City Press Sport | September 13 2020


Tim Spirit: Chiefs’ problems run deeper than middling coaches

Germany-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein is widely credited as saying: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”

I couldn’t agree more. Something had to give at Kaizer Chiefs. How ironic it is that the words of Einstein came to haunt his compatriot Ernst Middendorp, now referred to as Chiefs’ former coach, writes Timothy Molobi.

Hanging Judge: Is cheating endemic in football?

Like many people around the world, I watch a lot of football. I’m sure you’ve noticed how the game has evolved over the years. It is no longer the plain and simple game we once knew.

I’m not against change for the better. I am against change for the sake of change, and some of the changes are just off the wall, particularly in relation to the laws of the game.

I also find that players are becoming more adept at finding ways to hoodwink the referee and match officials, observes former PSL referee Errol Sweeney.

Side Entry: Sascoc vs Cricket SA is a case of the pot and the kettle

On Friday morning, acting Cricket SA (CSA) CEO Kugandrie Govender called a staff meeting – the first since taking over the top job in an interim capacity a few weeks ago – and told CSA’s employees that not only was the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee not in charge, but that it was business as usual.

It’s the kind of reassurance one would expect from a leader, particularly the day after the mother body of the country’s sporting codes declares it’s taking over the running of your organisation and plans to set up a task team to investigate wide-ranging issues in a sport that seems to deal in nothing but scandals these days, writes Simnikiwe Xabanisa.

Highlands Park shareholder Mnisi threatens to stop the club’s sale

The sale of Highlands Park is in jeopardy. According to minority shareholder Sinky Mnisi, there won’t be any sale until he says so and until he approves the much publicised deal with first-division campaigners TS Galaxy.

Mnisi, who has a 20% stake in the Tembisa-based club, feels he’s been “undermined, disrespected and bullied”, and says that all he was asking for was access to information, transparency, respect and to “get what’s rightfully mine”.

Doc Khumalo could return to Chiefs as Hunt’s assistant

While it looks like a forgone conclusion that Gavin Hunt will be named as the new Kaizer Chiefs head coach, little has been said about who his right-hand man will be. But a surprise addition to the Chiefs dugout could be former Bafana Bafana midfielder Doctor Khumalo.

Irate fans put Chiefs ‘family business’ under microscope

A season that was meant to be about celebrating their 50th anniversary has turned sour following Kaizer Chiefs’ title race implosion – and the fans have turned on the club’s hierarchy, which is led by founder Kaizer Motaung.

Fond farewell: One Human of a kind – Wits coaches hail Rowan

From Lovers Mohlala and Stanton Fredericks to Ben Motswari and Phakamani Mahlambi, the roll-call of talent to come out of the Bidvest Wits academy is remarkable.

The latest find, Rowan Human, was without doubt on track to become the latest jewel in the club’s crown of home-grown youngsters in the first team … but, sadly, his emergence came in what would be the last chapter written by the tradition-steeped club, which has become extinct after the sale of its Premiership status to Limpopo outfit Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

Sports minister ‘invited’ Sascoc to intervene in cricket

Acting SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Aleck Skhosana has revealed that the seeds of its decision to take over running Cricket SA this week were sown by Sports and Recreation Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

While Sascoc’s Friday night press release on the matter – which has plunged cricket into a fresh crisis in a year defined by one leadership blunder after another – unequivocally denied Mthethwa’s hand in the intervention by claiming “the minister has not instructed or directed the Sascoc board at any stage”, Skhosana appeared to suggest otherwise to City Press.

Stormers could lose senior players over investment deal

Western Province’s apparent reluctance to strike a proposed equity deal with New York-based company MVM Holdings will threaten its ability to retain its leading players after next year’s British and Irish Lions tour.

As recently reported, MVM Holdings – led by KwaZulu-Natal-born lawyer Marco Masotti – entered into a 45-day exclusive negotiation phase where it offered the cash-strapped provincial union $6 million (R100 million) for a 51% stake in the franchise. However, province president Zelt Marais initially voiced concerns about relinquishing outright control.

SA’s North vs South spectacle is effectively a trial for Springboks

Those wondering whether South African rugby can pull off its own version of New Zealand’s heart-stopping North vs South game from last weekend won’t have to be envious for much longer, it seems.

SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus confirmed as much in a virtual meeting with domestic rugby coaches this week, with October 3 – the week after the preseason friendlies of the Superheroes day between the Super Rugby franchises – pencilled in as the day of the clash.

While it’s not clear whether the selection of players will be made along state of origin or simple coastal and inland lines (there is a fear the inland side may be a touch weaker, given how many of the country’s internationals come from the coastal sides), the game will also double up as a Springbok trial.


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