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City Press Sport | October 17
City Press Sport | October 17

COLUMNS

Tim Spirit: So far so good, but Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos must be more tactful

Say what you want to say about Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos, but things are looking good for the team, writes Timothy Molobi.

Hanging Judge: Offside is still a contentious law

Of the 17 Fifa laws of the game, the offside (law 11) seems to be the one that gives match officials the most trouble with players, managers, coaches and fans. And, truth be told, some journalists are not au fait with it either. So let’s have a look at it and see where the real problem is, writes Errol Sweeney.

Side Entry: Five gifted players whose Springbok prospects are worrying

Amid all the gloomy news emanating from the club scene in the northern hemisphere, there appeared an unlikely ray of sunshine in the form of Juarno Augustus, one of five talented South African players whose international prospects keep this writer up late at night.

There are players you see for the first time and think they have “Springbok” written all over them, but then, for some reason, they don’t quite make it, writes Simnikiwe Xabanisa.

STORIES

Return to stadiums: Lesson learnt

The PSL has a big logistical task on its hands and an even bigger budget to consider as the league prepares its pilot project that will see the gradual return of fans to stadiums.

These are some of the lessons Safa took from its experiment this week when the association became the first local football body to welcome spectators back to live matches – 2 000 fully vaccinated fans were allowed into FNB Stadium in Soweto to watch Bafana Bafana play in a World Cup qualifier.

This is just the beginning

It’s been five months since Hugo Broos took over as coach at Bafana Bafana. In a wide-ranging interview this week, the 69-year-old Belgian tells Daniel Mothowagae that the instant positive results also caught him by surprise.

Kaizer gets a ‘double-Dolly’ on his birthday

The focus heading into the Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa United league clash at FNB Stadium yesterday was on Gavin Hunt coming up against his former club for the first time since he was axed by Amakhosi early this year. With this in mind, some anticipated that Hunt would prove a point with a Chippa side that was as desperate for the three points as Chiefs was.

Mixed bag for SA teams in CAF

It looks as if Marumo Gallants have their own version of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. In local football, these are nicknames given to Mamelodi Sundowns coaches Manqoba Mngqithi, Rulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela. Gallants are now the latest club to employ a trio of coaches.

Grant Johnson: The CEO who chose the football pitch over the boardroom

From the boardroom to the dressing room ... this is the story of SuperSport United and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper coach Grant Johnson. The former Manning Rangers and Orlando Pirates stopper was the CEO of IT company Johnbak Solutions, which he started with fellow retired goalkeeper Deshi Bhaktawer in 2003.

Mpumalanga hopes to add another club to SA soccer’s top ranks

Mpumalanga-based third-tier soccer club Passion FC entered the league with a touch of flamboyance in 2019, but not with the more questionable swagger that Royal AM has displayed in the DStv Premiership. Passion FC came on to the scene with one aim – to reach the professional ranks of South African football.

Beware of Proteas in stealth mode

About the only thing that bristles about the Proteas’ laid-back captain Temba Bavuma is that ever-present beard of his. But he came perilously close to losing his famous unflappability three weeks ago, when this reporter asked him what he thought was a daft question. The question was whether the feeling that South African cricket fans were not expecting much from his team at the T20 World Cup lessened the pressure on a team that has historically had its problems under the pump.

Teen Matthew Sates is a swimming sensation

Anyone aspiring to become teenage swimming sensation Matthew Sates’ competition will find themselves up against not only his outrageous ability, but also his seemingly bulletproof winner’s mind-set. In the vapour trail he left in his wake at the ongoing Fina World Cup Series (short course) over the past fortnight – a haul of nine golds and a silver medal, which has seen him jump to the top of the standings at the halfway stage of the competition – the 18-year-old declared that it was a “relief” to finally be putting in such staggering performances.


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