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NFD promotion fiasco fuels conspiracy theories
A million dollar question: who does the league serve the interest?
It is unfortunate that the latest PSL drama, which delays the song of the winners of the automatic promotion of the GladAfrica championship, has divided the country along tribal lines. This is if what has spread on social media is something to be done. Those from KwaZulu-Natal who are aligned with Royal AM believe their team deserves an automatic promotion when they have won on the pitch. Those at Limpopo argue that Sekhukhune United should be awarded all three points as ordered by an independent referee last week. If this is the case, then football is no longer a factor of unity but rather a factor of division.
Hackers Should Avoid Emotional Decisions
There’s a poster that goes around the Orlando Pirates fan plans to march to the team’s offices next week to demand the sacking of coach Joseph Zinnbauer. In trying to understand where this was coming from, I found comments from supporters and a former player who do not understand, and I approve, I guess, the kind of football the team is playing in. Their argument is also that Zinnbauer had some good gear assembled for him and should have done better in challenging the league. And, of course, there is the pain of the humiliation of losing three times to Mamelodi Sundowns, two of which – 4-1 and 3-0 – were just embarrassing. I won’t try to defend the coach or the administration, but will highlight the factors to consider in evaluating the Pirates season.
The referee, the red card and the penalty shootout
A controversial incident happened here on the island of Ireland last week. It was in the north of our country in a place called Northern Ireland. This is the part of the island which is still under British jurisdiction. It was the semi-final of their FA Cup between Crusaders FC and Larne FC.
Osaka’s ‘no press’ move could turn sports content into reality TV disguised as news
Naomi Osaka’s decision to relinquish her media duties at the French Open, which begins today, raises questions about the need for the dreaded pre and post-match conference. Osaka, which is ranked second in women’s tennis, this week took the unprecedented step of telegraphing via a statement its intention not to press at the tournament on the grounds that the ritual had “no regard for sanity. of athletes ”, the questions being repetitive and raising doubts in the minds of those questioned. It’s a stand that could cost him as much as $ 20,000 (Rand 276,000) in fines, but, as the highest-paid athlete in the world this year, it is suspected that it is money that she is more than happy to pay. The cynics among us can acutely point out that, given his record at Roland Garros – where his best goes until the third round – and his form on clay this year, the downside to his pocket should be minimal.
Why Gavin Hunt had to leave
Gavin Hunt’s exit from the Kaizer Chiefs had more to do with the type of football the team is playing this season – and nothing to do with the club being unable to sign players due to a transfer ban from Fifa. This is according to those who are aware of what exactly prompted Kaizer Motaung to pull the trigger on Hunt, which is something wrong with the founder of Amakhosi, who is known to be patient with coaches. According to our sources, the Chiefs’ supreme leader felt there was no sign the team would improve under the 56-year-old former Bidvest Wits coach.
“ A lot of work has been done behind the scenes ”
With a month away from the end of their player transfer ban, the Kaizer Chiefs have big plans for their return to the market. The club can start recruiting and registering new players on July 1, following a ban imposed by Fifa in February last year that prevented them from doing so.
“July 1 will open the door for us to do what we need to do and it will be the start of a new journey,” club manager Jessica Motaung told City Press.
How Downs picked it up as Steve poured out his jinx
The months of February, March and April were the defining period which gave a clear indication that Mamelodi Sundowns could be on course to defend the DStv Premiership title. As Sundowns juggled his CAF Champions League assignments with those on the domestic program, Golden Arrows and SuperSport United – and Swallows at one point – wasted three opportunities to close the gap to as little as a point.
The war between Bucs and AmaZulu is not over yet
With their midweek victory over AmaZulu, the Orlando Pirates have opened the door in the scramble for the remaining CAF spots now that Mamelodi Sundowns has claimed the DStv Premiership title. The Buccaneers begin their game against TS Galaxy this afternoon in a bid to secure another set of maximum points to boost their attempt to stage a dramatic end to the season with second places in the Champions League and the Coupe de la Coupe. Confederation still up for grabs. Premiership champions Sundowns and Nedbank Cup winners Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila have already secured their places in the Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup, respectively.
Al Ahly boss hails Pitso as a ‘diamond’ after another trophy presentation
Al Ahly’s moved president Mahmoud El Khatib hailed Pitso Mosimane as a “diamond” after the South African coach led the Egyptian power to his fourth title since his arrival. Al Ahly extended his dominance in continental club competitions with a 2-0 victory over Berkane of Morocco in the CAF Super Cup, which took place in a neutral venue in Qatar on Friday. It was a seventh record-breaking Super Cup success for Al Ahly, whose nine African Champions League titles make them the continent’s most successful team.
NFD saga heats up as more clubs find themselves in court
It’s going to be complicated! That’s how one club official described the GladAfrica Championship promotion and relegation saga this week. With all eyes on the face-to-face promotion dispute between Sekhukhune FC and Royal AM over which club is the legitimate GladAfrica Championship winner, City Press has also learned that Cape Umoya United intend to file documents challenging the PSL Disciplinary Committee’s decision to attach points to them and award them to Cape Town Spurs instead. It was after the committee found United guilty of failing to honor their game against Spurs in January. If Spurs were to be tied down all three points they would go to the ABC Motsepe League while Steenberg United, who were relegated last weekend, would have a lifeline.
K P is the first taxi to come out of the taxi stand to replace Faf in the Proteas starting range
After two years of being part of the Proteas test squad without appearing to have a game, Keegan Petersen is expected to be the first cab to leave the taxi stand when the national team take on the West Indies for their Caribbean tour next month. So says new Proteas test captain Dean Elgar, who brought up the Dolphins’ top-notch drummer name as a logical solution to closing the Faf du Plessis-sized hole in the test team during of his departure press conference for the Windies on Saturday.
Dominant Bulls can only have four men in Bok’s squad
Although they have won every trophy on offer since South African rugby emerged from last year’s Covid-19 lockdown, the Bulls could only have four players when SA Rugby announced their squad to face the Lions British and Irish Saturdays. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Springbok bosses Rassie Erasmus (SA Rugby director of rugby) and Jacques Nienaber (head coach) said they were 95% sure of the identity of ‘a team of 45 men including SA A and the test. squads would be selected. However, City Press understands that only four of the announced players in this squad would be Bulls players despite being in possession of the Super Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup trophies disputed since the lockdown, and leading the SA branch of the competition. Rainbow Cup.
Paul Gorries’ relay headache intensified by Polish success
They may have been among the first names in Team SA’s initial Olympic squad announced this week, but the makeup of the 4x100m relay squad that will contend for a medal in Tokyo weighs heavily on the coach’s mind. Paul Gorries. With a team of Akani Simbine, Gift Leotlela, Thando Dlodlo and Clarence Munyai surprisingly winning gold at World Relays a few weeks ago in Poland, Gorries faces a delicate balance of who to remove or add to the mix as ‘They are looking to upgrade to an Olympic medal of any color on August 6.
From Ghana to Texas: the only wrestling world champion in Africa shares his story
Growing up, Kofi Kingston – real name Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah – was excited to emulate the movements of the wrestling stars he idolized on television. Born in Kumasi, Ghana, and raised in Texas, USA, he had been exposed to the sport from an early age. The wrestling bug bit him so hard that he followed his dream to the bright lights of World Wrestling Entertainment’s ring. He remains a fervent fan of the Ghanaian national football team, the Black Stars…
Hamilton: ‘If you win all the time, you learn less’
Mercedes has long said that the lost days are the days they learn the most, and Lewis Hamilton reiterated that mindset after the Silver Arrows’ tough weekend in Monaco, when they ceded the lead to Max Verstappen and Red Bull among drivers and manufacturers. ‘championships, respectively. The race in the French microstate last weekend ended with Hamilton’s worst finish in Monaco since 2017.