Benni in the Bafana zone
It’s a done deal – Benni McCarthy is the new Bafana Bafana coach. And he is going with his lieutenants – assistant coach Siyabonga Nomvethe and goalkeeper coach Moeneeb Josephs – as part of his negotiated package.
The announcement is expected to be made on Wednesday. According to a high-ranking Safa official, McCarthy will take over the reins at the end of the current season.
On your marks, get set, go! An exciting run-in awaits as the PSL is set to reach its climax this month, and the business end of the season promises to be a mad dash to the finish line. This is not only in the race for the championship title, but also in the relegation battle, which will draw to a close on May 29.
Recently the referees and assistant refs, including the video assistant referees and others, were announced for the Tokyo Olympics. The usual “big guns” are on that list, as would be expected for such a major tournament. I was quite surprised to see only one South African referee on that list. That not only surprised me, but also filled me with extreme disappointment
In the kind of overreach only a slow news cycle can spark, the English media took turns lecturing England’s Australian coach Eddie Jones about his responsibility to the adopted nation he coached to the 2019 World Cup final.
SA Rugby’s hopes of having limited crowds during the British & Irish Lions’ tour took a knock when Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa this week implied that his hands were tied when it came to giving the go-ahead to the plan of having half-full stadiums during the iconic tour.
The story is so good it feels like it was scripted. Mamelodi Sundowns will renew their rivalry with Al Ahly. If only the supporters were allowed into the stadiums, this would make for an amazing reunion.
Is winning the Nedbank Cup better than surviving relegation, or vice versa? That’s the question Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Chippa United face ahead of their Nedbank Cup final at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday at 6pm. A lot is at stake, as continental football beckons for the winner, with a spot in the CAF Confederation Cup available for the champions.
Players from Botswana are few and far between in the PSL, so it takes a special kind of player to secure a transfer to a club in South Africa. Thatayaone Ditlhokwe is one such player. The Botswana international joined SuperSport United from Township Rollers and, since his arrival early last year, the 22-year-old has cemented his place in the club’s defence.
James Moloi, the man who wants the seemingly thankless task of the Athletics SA (ASA) presidency, feels the timing is perfect for him to attempt to turn around one of the country’s dormant sporting codes.
Regardless of their positions on the log table, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns’ clash is a must-watch in the DStv Premiership. Games between the cross-town rivals always attract huge interest and you would be crazy to deny that this weekend’s meeting doesn’t carry additional importance.
From the “cheap” one to the available one. This is the story of Safa in the search for a Bafana Bafana coach. It’s been a month since Molefi Ntseki was dismissed after Bafana failed to qualify for next year’s Afcon in Cameroon.
AmaZulu have done the improbable. Benni McCarthy has taken Usuthu from obscurity five months ago to the summit of the DStv Premiership. Usuthu climbed to the top in fine style when they edged rivals Golden Arrows 1-0 in the KwaZulu-Natal derby at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban yesterday.
Having just emerged from a six-month-long staring contest with Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Cricket SA (CSA) may find itself in another impasse, this time with the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).