What’s in City Press Sport: PSL fixture chaos; Motsepe League not a conflict of interest

City Press Sport | February 28 2021
City Press Sport | February 28 2021

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COLUMNS

Hanging Judge Column: Are players becoming an occupational hazard?

In a recent game in Zambia, top referee Lebalang Mokete was physically attacked by players of Kenyan side Gor Mahia for awarding a penalty against them in the 96th minute.

Veteran striker Emmanuel Mayuka slotted home what proved to be the last kick of the game and sent the home team, Napsa Stars, through to the CAF Confederation Cup group stage.

The penalty was hotly disputed by the away team, leading to unseemly scenes on the field, where the referee had to be saved from the mob by officials and the police. Sadly, this is not a new phenomenon in our game, rather one that happens all too often at lower levels, with devastating consequences in some instances, writes former PSL ref Errol Sweeney.

Side Entry: Wayde’s defection makes Olympic defence tricky

Wayde van Niekerk’s pending link up with renowned American sprints coach Lance Brauman in Florida, US, has been hailed as a massive step forward for his stated ambition of running a sub-43-second 400m before he retires.

Other than being a mild diss for the Bloemfontein facilities which produced the world record holder, or “Tannie” Ans Botha’s coaching ability, the feeling is that Van Niekerk will be taking a step up by training with Noah Lyles and Shaunae Miller-Uibo.

Maybe I’m being a little sensitive and parochial here, but how about the two-time world champion and reigning Olympic champion – the world 400m record holder to boot – could teach the current 200m world champ and his women’s Olympic counterpart a thing or two? asks Simnikiwe Xabanisa.

STORIES

CAF-induced mess leaves PSL with fixture chaos

Even without the Telkom Knockout in this season’s calendar, PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza has admitted that the domestic league is feeling the ripple effect of the chaos created by the cancellation and subsequent rescheduling of the CAF Champions League games involving Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.

The refusal by Morocco to issue Chiefs with travel visas three weeks ago as well as Algeria’s barring Sundowns from entering the north African country ahead of their trip for CAF assignments there last week, forced the PSL to postpone five domestic fixtures involving Amakhosi and the Brazilians.

Sundowns yes but Motsepe League not a conflict of interest

While Patrice Motsepe will have to relinquish his position as a club owner should he be elected as CAF president next month, the league bearing his family name – the ABC Motsepe League – will not be affected as it is not considered a conflict of interest.

Safa president Danny Jordaan and Motsepe elaborated on this to City Press on the sidelines of this week’s launch of Motsepe’s presidency bid manifesto in the countdown to the CAF elective congress in Morocco next month.

Amajimbos poised for Morocco contest

On the same day that Kaizer Chiefs were denied visas to Morocco three weeks ago, Amajimbos received a letter confirming their participation in the Under-17 Afcon, which starts in the north African country on March 13.

South Africa were this week pitted against Senegal, Mali and reigning champions Cameroon in Group C, following the draw conducted by CAF in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday.

Chief tormentors

The sight of them instils fear in the hearts of opposition players. This is because some players perform well against certain teams. It’s an unexplained phenomenon that could influence players to have extra motivation when playing against those teams or simply have the better of their defenders. Gomolemo Motshwane picks these players, who have come to be known as chief tormentors or destroyers-in-chief.

Chiefs slayers Richards Bay thrust Dladla back in the spotlight

Richards Bay head coach Simo Dladla is a trailblazer of note in the NFD. Not only did his team slay Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup last 32, but the Natal Rich Boyz are also on top of the GladAfrica Championship table.

For the man who plotted the win over Amakhosi though, being a professional coach was not always part of his plans. The 41-year-old, whose team earned new admirers following their elimination of Chiefs from the Ke Yona Cup at FNB Stadium three weeks ago, went into coaching as a last resort following a difficult chapter in his life.

British and Lions tour debacle still throwing up more permutations

The deadline for the final decision on what to do with the British and Irish Lions tour has been put back to late next month as SA Rugby and the Lions’ board wrestle with more permutations of how to make the money-spinning event a reality.

Mid this month, one of the initial time limits came and went as more and more moving parts were thrown into an equation made almost impossible to solve by the spectre of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Life after Wayde: ‘Tannie’ unleashes a new protégé

Iconic athletics coach “Tannie” Ans Botha was hoping to go to the Tokyo Olympics with Wayde van Niekerk but now that the two have split, the veteran South African trainer is asking for divine intervention to get there with her other protégé Tsebo Matsoso.

Botha and Van Niekerk recently terminated their athlete-coach relationship of nine years. The 79-year-old mentor has predicted that the young sprinter, Matsoso, will be as good a 400m runner as her former charge.

Ex-SA sprinter ditches farm work, returns to sport to chase Olympics spot

It’s not often that a two- or three-year absence from a sport provides the missing ingredient in an athlete’s make-up, but that may well be the case with the recently unretired Berend Koekemoer.

This is according to Paul Gorries, the South African former 400m athlete-turned-coach who had Koekemoer quit on him and athletics in 2018 to work at a game farm with his family in his native Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape.


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