What is happening with north African countries – Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco – the traditional powerhouses of African football? Is this the beginning of the end of continental dominance by the aforementioned Arab-speaking nations?
If what we have witnessed so far at the ongoing Afcon tournament in Cameroon is anything to go by, the five giants are already flat on their backs.
Sometime last year, I wrote a list of five players I was worried wouldn’t realise their potential due to a host of reasons, either of their own doing or due to plain mismanagement by coaches. While the names don’t immediately spring to mind now, I know they didn’t include the Lions’ gifted tight head prop Asenathi Ntlabakanye.
Refereeing in general has been in the spotlight recently for all the wrong reasons. From refs blowing the whistle too early and others making blatant mistakes to the controversial video assistant referee system. However, some great news emerged this week that a woman referee from Rwanda became the first to officiate at a men’s Afcon game.
They are there in our lives. We laugh with them. We partner with them. Without them, life would be empty. They add value to our lives at home and work. They are admired for their strength of character, commitment, caring, perseverance, courage and love.
Who are these people? They are women. But in the bigger scheme of things, women are absent from sport leadership.
Safa has secured some high-profile friendlies for its flagship national teams, Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana, for the Fifa international window in March.
A group of wealthy businesspeople are bankrolling Proteas coach Mark Boucher’s legal defence as he fights Cricket SA’s allegations of “gross misconduct”.
Only a few weeks ago, it seemed as if Gerald Phiri Jr’s international career was over. The former Baroka FC midfielder was, surprisingly, left out of the initial Malawi squad for the Afcon tournament … but his change of heart over his retirement has paid dividends as the Flames turn out to be one of the surprise packages at Afcon.
After a lukewarm start to Afcon, the tournament has now come to life thanks to thrilling performances by a few individuals who almost single-handedly pushed their teams to the knockout stage. We look at five players lighting up Cameroon.
Keegan Petersen’s seamless transition into a test batsman may have come as a surprise to many South African cricket people, but the one person who wasn’t taken aback was arguably the country’s greatest batsman, Jacques Kallis.
On Tuesday, Proteas Women’s all-rounder Chloe Tryon should be celebrating turning 28. Instead, like all grown-ups, she’ll spend the day in the sun and retire to the isolation of the team’s bio-bubble.
With talk that they could lose another four key players before the end of this year, the Lions are once again stuck in a vicious cycle in which they cannot ever build for the future because their playing resources keep getting destroyed.