What’s in City Press Sport: Safa faces revolt from amateur clubs; Hamilton eyes another Schumacher record; Many new faces at Sundowns, but how are they going to fit in?

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City Press Sport | October 11 2020
City Press Sport | October 11 2020

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Tim spirit: Ntseki and Zungu must come clean on their ‘fall-out’

Whatever it is, it’s not right. And whoever wronged the other needs to come clean and apologise. Before you wonder what I am on about, here is my theory: I am referring to the issue of midfielder Bongani Zungu and his continuous “snub” by Bafana Bafana head coach Molefi Ntseki. The question of the selection (or non-selection) of Zungu pops up whenever Ntseki names the squad, writes Timothy Molobi

Hanging judge: Inconsistent refereeing is not good for the game

We’ve all heard it. It’s been shouted from the rooftops time and again – consistency! And who can blame the coaches, players and match commentators?

In a recent game involving Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford, referee Anthony Taylor came in for some stick after two crucial decisions he made, writes Errol Sweeney

Side entry: Time to give Willemse the space he’s always looking for

Damian Willemse has been playing rugby for the vast majority of his 22 years on the planet. During that time, Willemse has displayed such rare gifts in the game that he is bound to have repeatedly been described as “a natural”.

Whatever mistakes Willemse would have made as a schoolboy player, being reassured that he was born to be a world-class rugby player would have come in handy when soothing the doubts that nag at all of us when it comes to our abilities, opines Simnikiwe Xabanisa

Safa faces revolt from amateur clubs

Safa will push ahead with the ABC Motsepe League national promotional play-offs, despite threats of an interdict.

Safa is racing against time to oversee promotion of two clubs from the third-tier structure to the national first division’s GladAfrica Championship.

However, the national football controlling body faces legal threats from clubs who did not take kindly to its decision to declare the Motsepe League season over, with the log leaders across the nine provinces given the green light to head straight to the play-offs.

Fifa ban aside, Hlanti dreams of playing for Amakhosi

Sifiso Hlanti will not allow the Fifa transfer ban on Kaizer Chiefs to get in the way of realising his dream of playing for the popular Soweto club.

Hlanti, who is a free agent following the sale of Bidvest Wits to Limpopo club Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, has been training with Chiefs for the past two weeks.

The 30-year-old is a lifelong Chiefs supporter and did not hesitate when accepting the offer from the club to train with them.

Many new faces at Sundowns, but how are they going to fit in?

Prior to Pitso Mosimane’s abrupt departure from Mamelodi Sundowns, one bold promise he had made was to refresh the club’s ageing squad. This is reflected in the many signings the club has made in the ongoing player transfer window.

However, with 12 new arrivals confirmed so far, the question is: Who will make way for the newcomers? Or will they just be another statistic at the club and never see much action?

‘Calm’ Cavin says he’s the man to put out fires for Pitso in Egypt

Being the smooth operator that he is, newly appointed Al Ahly assistant coach Cavin Johnson could prove to be the perfect fit for the sometimes volatile and brash Pitso Mosimane.

The north Africans are known for their pugnacious nature, and Mosimane will need to find a delicate balance to avoid personality clashes. This is where a calmer Johnson comes in.

SuperSport’s tricky task to unmask TTM

Which Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila will rock up next weekend?

This is the question SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo and his technical team might be asking themselves ahead of Matsatsantsa a Pitori’s MTN8 quarterfinal clash against the PSL newcomers in Limpopo on Saturday.

Penxe’s move to Sharks is a ray of sunshine

A lot has been written about pressure in sport. But, a bit like the way merely great players end up being called legends, one suspects the concept of being under pressure can be greatly exaggerated.

New Sharks signing Yaw Penxe’s situation going into last weekend’s Green and Gold game was what one would euphemistically call a pressure situation.

The former Southern Kings man hadn’t played in eight months, but he suddenly found himself up against the country’s best players.

When Hendrick Ramaala’s genes go rogue

In a family run by athletes, eschewing the dusty road for the pool was a no-brainer for Alex Ramaala ... and, thankfully, athletics’ loss was swimming’s gain.

It’s Nadal and Djokovic for the 56th time

Rafael Nadal maintained his grip on the French Open by reaching another men’s singles final – where he will face top seed Novak Djokovic today.

Hamilton eyes another Schumacher record

Winning today’s race could set Lewis Hamilton up nicely to match German titan Michael Schumacher’s championship record in his own back yard.


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