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City Press Sport | October 4 2020
City Press Sport | October 4 2020

This week, City Press Sports is packed with everything you need to know – from the abrupt departure of Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane to the PSL’s next steps after losing R193 million a year in revenue and the management crisis that has hamstrung Cricket SA.

STORIES:

Al Ahly ‘coup d’état’ rattles Sundowns

The shock wave of the “coup d’état” that Egyptian giants Al Ahly inflicted on league champions Mamelodi Sundowns was felt from Cape to Cairo. The abrupt departure of coach Pitso Mosimane, fitness trainer Kabelo Rangoaga and performance analyst Musi Matlaba this week has rocked Chloorkop to the core. While the trio will be on the bench for their first official match in charge of Ahly on Sunday, the Sundowns players are still in the dark about what to expect when they report for preseason training on Monday.

It’s all eyes on Khoza: Will he throw his hat in for PSL post?

The PSL constituency will gather at its quadrennial general meeting next month to elect the new leadership. PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza this week confirmed November 11 as the date the professional club structure will go to the polls to choose new leaders. Khoza, who is also the chairperson of Orlando Pirates, has been at the helm of the PSL for 18 years, and there have been no signs of electioneering by potential challengers for the top post.

R193 million ‘hole’ forces PSL to reprioritise spending

Despite the current tough trading conditions, the PSL continues to show incredible resilience, with the organisation eyeing the R1 billion revenue benchmark against all odds.

The PSL has lost two major sources of funding in the past few months, with Absa and Telkom having withdrawn their sponsorships. That is a collective R193 million a year in revenue lost.

Micho coy on return to South Africa

Former Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has “no issues with anyone in South Africa” and therefore has no reason to worry about his upcoming trip to the country.

Micho, as the Serb is popularly known, is set to make a return to the touchline on these shores when Bafana Bafana host Zambia’s Chipolopolo in a friendly at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.

Sredojevic left the country under a dark cloud last year amid accusations of sexual assault that followed his abrupt resignation as Pirates head coach.

Bafana doctor explains Covid protocols ahead of camp

Bafana Bafana will go into a bio-bubble camp from Sunday for their upcoming international friendly matches against Namibia and Zambia in Rustenburg in North West.

This is the first camp since the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic outbreak and the question is how overseas-based players will navigate the strict health and safety protocols.

Football scouting: Steenbok divulges secrets to success

For more than a decade, Walter Steenbok has been associated with two of South Africa’s top clubs – Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns – but not many people have put a face to the name.

This is because it’s his job as a football player scout – not him in person – that is often reflected in the composition of the two local football powerhouses.

Thanks to the experience he has acquired over the years, the 49-year-old Chiefs head scout has penned The Football Scouting Bible, a book that redefines the art of scouting in the local game.

Nations League: Is it like a friendly?

When Uefa introduced the Nations League competition in 2018, Europe’s governing football body did so to ensure that countries would play competitive matches in between major tournaments.

And, certainly, looking at the upcoming fixtures, there are plenty of clashes for football fans worldwide to look forward to as England take on Belgium next Sunday at Wembley Stadium, the same day Portugal face Les Bleus in the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. But, despite the expectations, the league is seen by Europe’s strongest teams as the poorer cousin, compared with the Euros and the World Cup.

New move to force change in SA cricket leadership

Former cricket players and administrators have had enough of the management crisis that has hamstrung Cricket SA, and aim to establish a pressure group to try to enforce change.

Barry Skjoldhammer, former chairperson of the Gauteng Cricket Board, and Hugh Page, a former provincial player and former national selector, are in discussions with other prominent cricket figures to get them on board. Their first demand will be ...

Can the Cheetahs afford a lawsuit?

The Cheetahs find themselves in a tricky spot as they ponder their response to being unfairly kicked out of Pro14 by an SA Rugby vote that, as has been speculated for a while, decided that the four Super Rugby franchises would migrate north to play Pro16 rugby this week. The board of the Currie Cup champions met on Friday to chart the way forward. Their options are either to exercise what they believe is their legitimate right to sue, or accept SA Rugby’s somewhat backhanded olive branch of participating in the Super Eight series mooted out of Australasia.

End of the road for Kevin Anderson

South Africa’s interest in the men’s singles has ended at Roland Garros after former two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson lost to 13th seed Russian Andrey Rublev in straight sets in the third round in Paris, France, yesterday.

NBA ‘unlikely’ to pause season for Olympics

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is unlikely to have a break next season when the postponed Olympics are held, casting doubt on the availability of NBA players for the Tokyo Games.

The Olympics were postponed by a year, to July/August next year, owing to the Covid-19 coronavirus, which also led to the suspension of the NBA season.

COLUMNS:

The 12th Man: ‘Madman’ in Pitso will help him survive in Egypt

Pitso Mosimane’s big break to coach Al Ahly must be celebrated. To put his appointment into perspective, “Jingles” has been tasked with guiding the continent’s most successful club when it comes to trophy count. His arrival in Cairo also marks the first time the Red Devils have entrusted an African coach who is not Egyptian with steering Africa’s best club of the century.

There is just a good feeling about this move.

Hanging Judge: Battling to make head or tail of new handball law

The new handball law is causing havoc. I’m at a loss as to where to start on the topic. In the past, it was quite simple, but the International Football Association Board has managed to make a complete mess of the law.

Side Entry: Chasing the Sun proves that timing is everything

If this evening’s premiere of Chasing the Sun – SuperSport’s five-part documentary on the Springboks’ miraculous World Cup win last year – tells us anything, it is that timing is everything, regardless of how bonkers it may seem sometimes. Of the many stars of the documentary, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has a lot of reasons to be one of the people buying into that theory, but the most important one is probably when he got the national team captaincy.


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