Charles Dempsey’s name was stuck in my mind the entire week, may his soul rest in peace.
While I was wondering why someone who betrayed South Africa would occupy my thoughts, it dawned on me that the CAF presidential elections were around the corner – this coming Friday, to be exact.
Just in case you have forgotten, the late Dempsey was former president of the Oceania Football Confederation and a Fifa executive committee member who abstained from voting for the hosts of the 2006 Fifa World Cup, a decision that resulted in Germany pipping South Africa to the post by one vote.
As we head to the CAF elective conference in Morocco, it had emerged that Patrice Motsepe’s rivals in the race for the CAF presidency have declared their withdrawal and it’s almost a forgone conclusion that the vote is in the bag for South Africa, writes Timothy Molobi.
The decision by Cricket SA to replace Quinton de Kock as captain across all formats with Dean Elgar (tests) and Temba Bavuma (white ball) this week was a merciful end to the gradual emasculation of a generational talent.
At the best of times, De Kock – a surprisingly shy man for one who plays like nobody’s watching – has always had a little-boy-lost look about him, but the cares of leading the Proteas’ tests, one-day internationals and T20 internationals left those sheepish eyes looking vacant by the end of the recent tour of Pakistan.
The measure of the damage done to his psyche was such that, by the time he came home, the one player who’s never given the impression he over-thought anything about cricket needed to take a mental break from the game, writes Simnikiwe Xabanisa.
While Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe is destined to become the new president of CAF, following the latest twist in the race to ascend the top seat of continental football, questions still linger about whether the elections will go ahead in Morocco on Friday.
Bafana Bafana are leaving nothing to chance ahead of their remaining Afcon qualifiers, with extra caution placed on the final group clash against Sudan in the city of Omdurman on March 28.
South Africa needs a minimum of two points from the game against Sudan and the match against Ghana at home on March 25 to qualify for the continental championships in Cameroon next year. With Covid-19 testing having emerged as a weapon to unsettle and weaken opponents in CAF tournaments, Safa will dispatch Bafana’s team manager on an mission to verify the legitimacy of the testing facilities in the north-east African country.
They are both Sellos and both are in the medical profession. One is a medical doctor and the other a pharmacist and were both linked with the transaction of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila. Will the real Sello please stand up? City Press catches up with Abram Sello, who took over as the new owner of TTM recently.
Following two false starts, the ABC Motsepe League is finally back – but Safa is treading carefully against the backdrop of the looming threat of a third wave of Covid-19 infections. The league, sponsored by the family foundation of CAF presidential hopeful Patrice Motsepe, is now back on after all provinces bar two returned to action.
In one of those coincidences that probably look like an omen now, Temba Bavuma was the South African flag-bearer the day Siya Kolisi took to the field as the Springboks’ first black captain.
At the time, Bavuma – who was this week named the Proteas’ white ball captain until after the next two T20 World Cups and the 50-over format version in 2023 – couldn’t have imagined becoming Kolisi’s cricketing counterpart, mainly because he wasn’t aware it was the World Cup-winning captain’s first match in charge because the announcement was made months before.
Having been thrown together as the new coach and skipper of the Lions by the board for the 2017/18 season, Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe and Temba Bavuma established a wonderful working relationship and went on to win the 4-day and T20 competitions. Nkwe tells City Press what makes Bavuma such a good captain.
Western Province officially began their move from Newlands Stadium to Cape Town Stadium with a defeat to the Free State Cheetahs last weekend. In many ways, the false start mirrored the union’s actual move behind the scenes, with Province’s anchor tenancy only in name at the moment.
It will come as a surprise to many, but Anaso Jobodwana – South Africa’s 200m bronze medallist at the Beijing World Championships in 2015 – told his coach Stuart McMillan just last week that this is the first time he’s had “the audacity to vocalise to anyone” the idea that he could be the best at what he does.
As has been the case with every other Olympic year, there is bound to be the odd surprise or two thrown into the make-up of final squads – and Team SA is no different.
With the Olympic Games qualification window period still open until closer to the multi-coded event in Tokyo, Japan, local talents like middle- and long-distance specialist Collen Mulaudzi are hoping to secure a place in the team by the time the athletics entry process closes in June. Mulaudzi, who turns 30 next month, is among the lucky few who have had the opportunity to compete internationally, even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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