Tim Spirit: Motsepe should be cautious of parasites who are after his millions, writes Timothy Molobi. What’s also interesting is that Safa has put forward the name of a local club boss to challenge for the CAF presidency. How ironic, because Safa does not allow club bosses to contest for its own presidency.
Side Entry: CSA Members’ Council is the ‘highest authority’ in name only
At 3.09pm on Thursday, the Cricket SA (CSA) communications machine stirred into action and announced a press conference to be held by two representatives of the Members’ Council just 51 minutes later.
During the delay to proceedings caused by what was described as technical glitches on acting CSA president Rihan Richards’ part, a statement from the CSA interim board appointed by Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa landed in the attending media’s inboxes.
Yet there we were, held captive on a Zoom call by Richards and his Members’ Council colleague John Mogodi, explaining in a manner as deliberately convoluted as it was cryptic why the interim board appointed to address their governance and leadership failings by the minister was not to their liking, writes Simnikiwe Xabanisa.
PSL’s financials in numbers
The PSL posted a slight decline in revenue as a direct impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We zoom into some of the interesting numbers from the PwC-audited financial report.
Pretoria Callies’ return from the wilderness has legendary Moripe overjoyed
The Pretoria Callies have turned back the clock by returning to the professional ranks of South African football. Callies, alongside the Eastern Cape’s Bizana Pondo Chiefs, earned promotion to the NFD GladAfrica Championship on Thursday. The promotion of Callies to the professional tier has brought a smile to the face of the club’s most famous player, Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe. City Press catches up with the legend.
Tebza Moloi pursues African dream in Lesotho
Orlando Pirates legend Teboho Moloi is excited to be finally making a return to coaching, more than two years since he was axed by Chippa United in March 2018. The 52-year-old formally assumed his role in Lesotho at local football powerhouse Linare FC this weekend, where he has just been appointed as the club’s new head coach.
Moloi believes his newest challenge will afford him the opportunity to follow his ambition to return to CAF interclub competition, he told City Press from Maseru. We also take a look at other South Africans who have coached outside the country.
Motsepe has his work cut out in CAF contest
The Mamelodi Sundowns boss will not have it easy in his bid next year for continental football’s top seat, warn those privy to the politics of the game in Africa. The registration deadline for candidates keen to contest for the CAF executive committee elections closed this week with five individuals, including Patrice Motsepe, throwing their hats in the ring for African football’s top job. Through various contacts in African football, City Press noted some interesting dynamics, including the politics that go hand-in-hand with a CAF election contest, especially the presidency.
Will Lorgat be sacrificed to break CSA standoff?
Cricket SA’s (CSA) Members’ Council’s cunning plan to wriggle out of Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s crosshairs could be to go the soft route of insisting on Haroon Lorgat’s exclusion from the controversial interim board. As was widely reported this week, CSA – through the Members’ Council – has for the umpteenth time chosen to be legally obstructionist in refusing to ratify an interim board. The CSA was complicit, together with the minister and the SA Cricketers’ Association, in putting it in place to address the numerous crises the organisation has plunged into over the past year. Lorgat’s removal might sound like the perfect compromise, but his presence on the interim board is not really the Members’ Council’s biggest problem.
We have a commitment to serve South Africans, Sascoc’s new boss declares
The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has seen much controversy over the past few years due to constant infighting among board members. In a one-on-one interview, City Press asks newly elected president Barry Hendricks what will be different this time.
How 7de Laan’s loss became cricket’s gain
To say the past three weeks have seen the full experience of a disrupted year for Glenton Stuurman would be an understatement. Three weeks ago, the Warriors seamer lost his mother Cathirin to a heart attack, he missed his franchise’s opening game of the four-day campaign a week later while self-isolating for 10 days – having come into contact with a Covid-19-positive team-mate. And, last Friday, he was named in the Proteas squad to play ODI and T20 cricket against England later this month. Stuurman’s heart was set on acting on his favourite TV show 7de Laan before leaving school, but...
Massive cash boost for Olympics hopefuls
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board this week agreed to increase the budget of Olympic Solidarity for the period 2021 to 2024 by 16%. The new budget will total $590 million (R9.1 billion). With this decision, the IOC will further strengthen its support to athletes, national Olympic committees and continental associations.
Hamilton eyes more Schumi records
This season looks almost certain to go down as the year that Lewis Hamilton either matched or surpassed a number of racing legend Michael Schumacher’s longstanding records.
But ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul today, which could see Hamilton draw equal with Schumacher’s seven World Drivers’ Championships, Hamilton said he hoped the achievement would help inspire the younger generation to “dream big”.
Djokovic at ease
Novak Djokovic said sealing the year-end men’s world number one tennis ranking had eased some of the pressure on him as he heads into the ATP Finals, and he will look to end his season on a high.
The 33-year-old is bidding for a sixth crown in the season-ending tournament to go level with Roger Federer, and will take on Argentine Diego Schwartzman in his opener on Monday.
Argentina burst All Blacks’ bubble in shock win
Argentina served up one of the biggest upsets in test rugby history when they stunned New Zealand in the Rugby Championship yesterday, beating the three-time world champions for the first time since 1985.