What’s in City Press Sport: New brooms sweep in for season start; Clubs feel pinch of lockdown; Is Covid wreaking havoc on results?

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City Press Sport | October 18 2020
City Press Sport | October 18 2020

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Shades of CSA in Western Province’s ‘non-existent’ crisis

There was something fitting about the Zoom feed cutting out 30 minutes into Western Province’s midweek press conference that was held to allay fears about the union losing its fourth and fifth board directors this year.

New brooms sweep in for season start

Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs will begin their new eras this afternoon. In the past month at the two clubs, much has happened which will render the teams unrecognisable when they run out for the first time this season in the MTN8 cup competition.

ABC clubs on the back foot with only two weeks to recruit players

The two teams that will be promoted from the ABC Motsepe League to the GladAfrica Championship will be at a huge disadvantage. They will have to scramble to sign new players in a very short time – two weeks to be exact – when the playoffs are completed next month.

Stadiums, clubs feel pinch of lockdown

As the PSL 2020/21 campaign gets under way, stadium managers and clubs are facing the prospect of making zero income from gate takings for the entire season.

Good luck, Bra Steve – you will need lots of it

Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe must be applauded for believing in South African coaches. This is a bold move by Motsepe, who finally believes local is lekker.

New Swallows signings ready to soar

Swallows FC have made their presence felt in the transfer market. The new players are eager to return the club to previous heights. Swallows will begin their life in the Premiership with an away trip to Cape Town, where they will visit Stellenbosch FC next Sunday.

Cricket’s loss is rugby’s gain

For a long time, Sanele Nohamba dreamt of being a cricket superstar in the same league as Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers or Temba Bavuma. And taking up his position in front of the stumps or delivering a spin ball was what he fell in love with when he was still in school.

Is Covid wreaking havoc on results?

This time last year, everything was different. There was no global pandemic and Liverpool were taking the English Premiership away from Manchester City, with neither club having lost in the opening four fixtures.

CSA’s squabbles get in the way of naming a convenor

The decision on the preferred candidate for the position of convenor of national selectors was apparently made weeks ago. But the announcement appears to have been delayed by more pressing matters at Cricket SA, such as the spat with Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

CSA’s response to Mthethwa will show its true colours

With the clock ticking on Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s demand for a written explanation by October 27 as to why he shouldn’t intervene in the crisis-ridden organisation’s affairs, the CSA board finds itself in a tricky situation, given how revealing its response will be.

SA Rugby gets paid for Rugby Championship no-show?

In what could turn out to be some kind of negotiating genius, it would appear that SA Rugby’s decision to withdraw the Springboks from playing in the Rugby Championship in Australia will not stop it from getting its share of the proceeds from the tournament.


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