The immediate effect of SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus’ decision not to accompany the Springboks to the Australia leg of their Rugby Championship seems to have resulted in the kind of calm that, ironically, never follows the “most boring team” in the world, writes Simnikiwe Xabanisa.
As expected, Bafana Bafana’s World Cup campaign started on a rather lukewarm note with an uninspiring goalless draw away in Zimbabwe on Friday. For me this was more about losing the two points than gaining one, but others will see this result differently, writes Timothy Molobi.
Regular readers of my column will, no doubt, have noticed that I have been at pains to point out the nonsense going on with regard to diving, cheating and simulation in general among certain soccer players. It has always been a sore point for me how these players – and it should be pointed out that I’m not talking about all players – persistently and consistently engage in what can only be described as blatant deception, writes Errol Sweeney.
After playing to a goalless draw in Zimbabwe on Friday, Bafana Bafana will be targeting maximum points against Ghana tomorrow to get their World Cup qualifiers back on track. The Black Stars top the group after a 1-0 victory over Ethiopia at home, also on Friday.
A blockbuster weekend of DStv Premiership action awaits after the Fifa international break. Vengeance will be the theme of the upcoming league matches with two heavyweight clashes on the cards.
In a sequel to the opening MTN8 quarterfinals last month, Orlando Pirates will square up against Swallows at Orlando Stadium, where they were knocked out of the opening cup competition on Saturday, while Mamelodi Sundowns host Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld next Sunday.
A small koppie out of town and time spent away from people helped Buhle Mkhwanazi maintain his sanity.
Last season, Mkhwanazi went through the most difficult period of his career. While his peers carried on with their chosen profession, the 31-year-old sat out the entire season due to a legal dispute he had with Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, owned by Lawrence Mulaudzi at the time, who bought his former club Bidvest Wits’ status. With his once-bright career at a standstill, Mkhwanazi found solace in an unexpected place.
After overcoming the first hurdle of qualifying for the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies will be hoping to emulate their male counterparts by earning a star of their own when they lift the continental title.
Not many PSL players have been shipped out on loan as frequently as Orlando Pirates defender Justice Chabalala has over the past five years. Since he joined the Buccaneers from Free State Stars in 2016, the 29-year-old has been loaned out on four different occasions – to Chippa United, to Bloemfontein Celtic twice and now to premiership novices Sekhukhune United.
Ntando Mahlangu’s journey to securing a gold medal and world record in the 2020 Paralympics long jump final was rather out of the ordinary. The coaching instruction came from Pretoria and the jump took place at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Both events unfolded in real time and, in the process, Neil Cornelius became the first local coach to have guided an Olympian and a Paralympian to a medal.
Perhaps as a nod to the two teams’ financial resources in the domestic game, the Sharks joined the Bulls in a second Carling Black Label Currie Cup final in succession thanks to a scrappy – not to mention tight – home semifinal win over a typically plucky Griquas last night.
Ethiopian runner Tadu Nare has attributed training at high altitude in east Africa and a diet including free-range chicken as key ingredients behind her early domination in the Spar Women’s Challenge 10km race in Cape Town.