What’s in City Press Sport: Top dogs set the ball rolling; Seven knee injuries, but Mtembu has no regrets; Has Tau found good Kompany to take him to England at last?

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City Press Sport August 09 2020
City Press Sport August 09 2020


Tim Spirit: We’ve been starved of action; please don’t disappoint

Iskhathi sama popayi siphelile. So goes the popular township saying, which, loosely translated, means “talk is cheap, time for the real deal”. As soccer fans, we have all been yearning for action and we hope the teams will live up to the expectations when the season restarts.

Side Entry: Ruined careers show hollowness of cricket’s mea culpa

Last week, Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw – the woman charged with getting Cricket SA’s Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building initiative off the ground – suggested that there be a restoration fund, among other things, for the many people materially affected by racism in the sport.

But, on hearing CSA president Chris Nenzani say that overlooking Geoff Toyana in favour of Ottis Gibson for the Proteas head coaching job was “a missed opportunity”, and Malibongwe Maketa’s steep descent from assisting Gibson to unemployment was “an injustice”, Kula-Ameyaw has a point.

Top dogs set the ball rolling

As the premier and first division league programmes get under way, PSL prosecutor Nande Becker tells City Press he aims to deal with approximately 25 pending disciplinary matters to ensure the push to complete the seasons is not overshadowed by controversy, as was the case in the past two seasons.

ABC Motsepe League promotion conundrum

Safa has a massive headache – what to do with the 498 games remaining to conclude the ABC Motsepe League season. But the association is adamant that they will be able to promote two teams to the GladAfrica Championship, even if it means asking the PSL for a delay of a week or two.

Has Tau found good Kompany to take him to England at last?

Playing for four different clubs in four seasons does not make a good case for Percy Tau.

Football writers Timothy Molobi and Daniel Mothowagae find out what this club-hopping means after the Bafana Bafana star’s latest career move to Vincent Kompany’s RSC Anderlecht in Belgium.

Palacios: PSL restart a chance for MDC youngsters

Renowned football development coach Augusto Palacios believes PSL clubs should take advantage of the new five substitutes rule by including Under-19 players in their match-day squads.

This after the league confirmed it had adopted the five substitutes rule for the remaining matches in both the Absa Premiership and GladAfrica Championship divisions.

Seven knee injuries, but Mtembu has no regrets

The news that former Sharks captain Tera Mtembu has signed with US Major League Rugby side New England Free Jacks signalled the end to an unfulfilled career in South African rugby.

Mtembu’s appointment as the first black African captain in domestic first-class rugby, at the ripe old age of 23 in 2014, generated a lot of expectation. But as his time at the Durban franchise winds down – he leaves for Boston in Massachusetts in December – his career is measured more by injury layoffs than by caps earned.

Ex-SA Sevens coach Treu aims to uplift rugby at his alma mater

In bagging alumni Paul Treu as their head coach for the next three years, the University of the Western Cape has won the lotto, as the man who laid the foundation for the Blitzboks as we know them is – no disrespect to them – a touch overqualified to be coaching at Varsity Cup level. Treu spoke to City Press this week about his new job.

Tennis SA on the verge of a deal with Nadal Academy

Tennis SA (TSA) is on the cusp of signing an agreement with the Rafa Nadal Academy for its players to set up camp at the facility when touring Europe. Although the deal hasn’t been signed yet, the TSA board has given the go-ahead for it to be concluded as soon as Covid-19 restrictions permit.


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