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City Press Sport November 7
City Press Sport November 7

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Tim Spirit: Error-prone Gallants might as well plead guilty as charged

I thought it was common knowledge that any person accused of a crime was considered innocent until proven guilty. That was until I read PSL prosecutor Nande Becker’s comments in the Sowetan newspaper this week.

Becker was reacting to the debacle of the clash about the kits of AmaZulu and Marumo Gallants, which led to their DStv Premiership game being abandoned on Wednesday.

“To my mind, I will be looking at the possibility of holding somebody who caused this responsible, such that they must pay the costs incurred. On top of that, there could be a fine and sanctions.

“I have already asked for figures from [PSL broadcast partner] SuperSport,’’ Becker told the daily newspaper on Thursday.

To me this clearly shows that, in his mind, someone has already been found guilty and is going to pay for that mix-up.

Hanging Judge: Football rule-makers trying to justify their lofty positions

Time for a rant. There have been many changes to the laws of the game in recent years. Some good and some not so good, in my opinion.

I say “in my opinion” because it seems like I’m either old-fashioned and getting left behind or the “new kids on the block” at the International Football Association Board are trying to justify their lofty positions with all these changes.

Side Entry: Bok succession planning put under spotlight by older players

A few weeks ago, South African rugby fans were practically campaigning for Springbok fullback Willie le Roux to be stood down after an error-strewn game against the All Blacks which contributed to two opposition tries and an embarrassing header when attempting to catch the high ball.

But when he was replaced by Damian Willemse for yesterday’s test against Wales, some of the same people began quietly wondering who would play the often debated “Willie role” in the Bok team, a reference to his pulling the strings in the back three and the secondary playmaker who, in reality, is usually the team’s primary creative influence.

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CAF mass stadium bans benefit SA

The banning of many stadiums around the continent by CAF, because the venues do not meet safety and health requirements, has become South Africa’s gain.

Stadium Management SA, the company that manages the FNB and Orlando stadiums among its portfolio, is benefiting financially from the few countries that have opted to use South Africa as their alternative “home” ground.

Mobbie: The unsung hero carrying the hopes of a nation

When Nyiko Mobbie left his village of Xikundu in Malamulele, Limpopo, for Bethlehem in the Free State a few years ago, he had a good feeling that his relocation would open doors for him in his pursuit of a dream in the professional football ranks.

Seven years later, the hard-running defender has not only earned his PSL stripes, but is among the Bafana Bafana novices who are carrying the hopes of a nation bidding for a rare World Cup qualification.

Dolly brace delight

The pendulum tilted towards Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto derby as Amakhosi scored another win over their perennial rivals Orlando Pirates in the epic fixture.

But as for whether Chiefs are slowly turning the tables on the side that beat them three times in all competitions last season, that remains to be seen.

The saying that there is a fine line margin between a win and a defeat in sport rang true for this encounter at FNB Stadium yesterday.

Referees’ body pleads against abuse of match officials

The dramatic events that played out at the end of last weekend’s MTN8 final in Durban have put local referees on the spotlight, yet again raising concerns about the standard of officiating.

The backlash from aggrieved parties has also placed the safety of match officials at risk.

Will Downs march on against out of sorts Gallants?

“Worlds apart” is the best way to describe Mamelodi Sundowns and Marumo Gallants.

The two clubs will collide on Sunday afternoon at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in a match in which the out of sorts Gallants face a possible annihilation by the dominant Brazilians.

Proteas win but still miss semi target

On a day on which the permutations to qualify for the T20 World Cup semifinals basically read Mission Impossible, the Proteas won and made the England juggernaut look human. But a little too familiarly, their 10-run victory still didn’t make it to the Promised Land.

Beer Cup’ makes debut at thirsty Loftus

In a social media age in which fantasy leagues are all the rage, sports fans have always yearned for something like yesterday’s inaugural Carling Champion Team match.

It’s all good and well to play virtual coach from the couch, but the obvious fact that your team doesn’t exactly play on Saturdays is a little limiting to even those supporters deluded enough to think a Rassie Erasmus lurks from behind their laptops.

Yesterday’s Carling Champion Team rugby game, between the Champion Team and the Kenyan national side at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, goes a long way towards answering the question of whether they would be better selectors than the guys who do it on a weekly basis.

Rugby Championship officiating ‘ineptitude’ exaggerated – John Dobson

Of all the people one would expect to defend the recently maligned United Rugby Championship (URC) referees, one of the South African coaches on whose behalf the wailing and gnashing of teeth had been done is not one.

But Stormers coach John Dobson feels the supposed ineptitude of European officials – exposed to the South African audience for the first time – was greatly exaggerated. Local franchises won only four of their 16 starts (with a draw) on the away leg of the competition to all sit in the bottom five on the log.


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