After what has just taken place in Morocco during the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon), I have no doubt that football is a sport for women – not for the hooligans who usually play it.
Rugby’s usually meaningless mid-year tests between the northern and southern hemisphere teams took a turn for the unexpected this year.
Ronwen Williams’ business manager, renowned player agent Rob Moore, has described the Bafana Bafana captain’s transfer from SuperSport United to cross-town rivals Mamelodi Sundowns as the PSL’s biggest deal for a keeper.
In one of the most embarrassing national episodes in recent times, the Bafana Bafana CAF African Nations Championship team left the country in the early hours of Friday and arrived in the Comoros a few minutes before their first leg match kicked off against the islanders.
In the wake of local football’s longest-serving players, Orlando Pirates’ Happy Jele and SuperSport United’s goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, who left their respective clubs this week, the PSL “loyalists club” only has one member whose uninterrupted service goes back to the early 2000s.
Soccer boss Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi has acquired a reputation for being a trigger-happy club owner who fires coaches on a whim.
However, there is a brighter side to the constant coaching changes at the club based in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape: Chippa continues to introduce novice coaches to the elite league.
South Africa’s exploits at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco can be attributed to five factors. Daniel Mothowagae breaks down why Banyana Banyana were the team to beat over the past few weeks in Morocco.
The distance between Morocco and England is only about 3 000km, but the countries are worlds apart – at least when it comes to football tournaments.
Both are currently hosting their respective continental women’s competitions, and, apart from both hosts having made it into the last four (at least), they don’t have much else in common.
With Wayde van Niekerk’s brave but vain effort to finish on the podium in the 400m at the World Championships in the US yesterday having ended in a commendable fifth place, Team SA will have to wait until the Commonwealth Games for a major individual medal.
Utility back Aphelele Fassi and loose-forward Marcell Coetzee were the two casualties when Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber named his 41-man squad to play the opening two games of the Rugby Championship, with the experienced duo of Duane Vermeulen and Frans Steyn returning.
The Springboks’ recent unconvincing series win over Wales has made the potential of Jacques Nienaber’s team this year about as clear as mud. But one thing was unequivocal – utility back Damian Willemse’s best position.
Predators have weapons such as sharp teeth, claws and venom that boost their ability to catch food and defend themselves. The South African men’s national cricket team, the Proteas, have all of that in one.
But they behave like an inexperienced pride of young lions as they consume loads of energy in chasing down prey and locking their jaws around its throat, only to lose concentration and allow the prey to slip away.
The senior women’s national cricket team, the Proteas Women, look far from ready ahead of the start of the Commonwealth Games in the UK this week.
It is a worrisome development as the Proteas are part of Team SA at the multicoded Games, which start in Birmingham on Thursday and run until August 8.