What’s in City Press Sport: Title race – there is no time to blink; ‘Cricket SA board must go’; PSL DC cases and conspiracy theories are at play again

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City Press Sport | August 30 2020
City Press Sport | August 30 2020

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Title race: you snooze, you lose

With three games to go and the Absa Premiership in the business end of the season, there is no time to blink – both at the top and bottom of the table. It’s a two-horse race between Kaizer Chiefs and defending champions Sundowns, while five teams at the bottom segment are slugging it out for survival.

As the jitters begin to set in for Chiefs, the question is, can Amakhosi hold their nerve at the top until the final day of the 2019/20 campaign on Saturday?

It’s crunch time for Swallows and Ajax

D-Day in the GladAfrica Championship is here. The iconic Swallows could complete their resurrection from the ashes today, while the legendary Jomo Cosmos could go down to the ABC Motsepe League.

But a disciplinary case, which will be heard urgently this morning, could put a spanner in the works in the battle for survival.

How Cape Town City and Stellenbosch rose up

From no-hopers to top-eight chasing contenders, the remarkable turnaround of Cape Town City and Stellenbosch FC is hard to ignore. Daniel Mothowagae unpacks the factors that changed the game for Stellies and the Citizens.

Meet Chiefs’ slayer Sera

True to his surname, Lesotho striker Motebang Sera – enemy – is bound to make plenty of foes with his goal-scoring prowess in the Absa Premiership.

The Bloemfontein Celtic attacker has had some impressive performances in his first season in South Africa.

He became Kaizer Chiefs’ enemy number one after his brace powered Celtic to a 3-1 comeback win last week. But Sera says he is an enemy only on the field, and he is as friendly as they come off it.

Messi: Will he go, or will he stay?

Barcelona finished second in LaLiga – five points behind Real Madrid – were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao and were stunned 8-2 in the Champions League quarterfinal by Bayern Munich. In other words, they ended the 2019/20 season without a trophy. And just when the culés (buttocks in Catalan, as the Barcelona fans are known) thought things could not get worse, they did.

On Tuesday, Barça officials confirmed reports that Lionel Messi had written to the club asking to be allowed to leave, despite having a contract until next year. That in itself is no big deal, of course, and it presumably happens thousands of times every season, but Messi is not just any player.

Cricket SA board must go, says Ali Bacher

“Everywhere I go, cricket-lovers stop me and ask me: ‘What’s going on at CSA? And how can we fix it?’ The answer’s unpleasant, but simple: We need a new board,” says cricket boss Ali Bacher.

Cape Town Marathon adopts the bio-bubble for a virtual race

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will apply the biologically safe environment concept when it hosts its virtual race in three locations – Cape Town, Pretoria and Potchefstroom in North West – in October. The organisers confirmed they would follow this model, which was first implemented in football when it resumed its programme in a bio-bubble in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Tim Spirit: PSL DC cases and conspiracy theories are at play again

Conspiracy theories have made their way back into our football as some people argue that there’s no fair play in our game, especially towards the end of the season. These ideas put the beautiful game in a bad – and unwelcome – light. One thing has been bothering me for some time: Why are PSL disciplinary cases only heard towards the end of the season?

Hanging Judge: Red card for ref who holidayed with players

For a referee to remain objective, it’s important to remain at arm’s length. I’m not just talking about social distancing, which is expected during the Covid-29 pandemic.

Once a person assumes a role of responsibility, it’s vital to be seen to be acting in accordance with that role. Whether it be in business or on the sports field, projecting the right image is important, even though it’s not always accurately interpreted. Recently, it was reported that a senior assistant referee was demoted from the Spanish LaLiga after photographs emerged of him on holiday with players on a yacht in Ibiza.


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