Blasts from the past: Madiba inauguration inspires Bafana
Today in SA sports history: May 10
1982 — The Rand Daily Mail reports that a cross-country race between six schools from Johannesburg is cancelled because one of the teams, from St Martins, incorporated two black pupils. The other schools involved were Hoërskool Alberton, Varing, President, Fakkel and Marais Viljoen. One principal said the Transvaal Education Department had directed that parents must first give approval before their children can play sport against black pupils. The parents at his school had objected to their children competing in the event because of the two black runners.
1986 — Uli Schmidt, Jannie Breedt and Wahl Baartmann are among six debutants in the Springbok team that takes on the rebel New Zealand Cavaliers in the first of four matches. Left wing Carel du Plessis scores his team’s only try as they win 21-15 at Newlands, with two drop goals by flyhalf Naas Botha proving the difference.
1994 — The South African football team, buoyed by the arrival of Nelson Mandela, beat Zambia 2-1 at Ellis Park. Madiba, who was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president earlier in the day, made a rousing appearance on the pitch at halftime, when both teams were still goalless. Within minutes of the restart Brendan Augustine and Doctor Khumalo netted — in the 46th and 47th minutes — to give the hosts, captained by Steve Komphela, a 2-0 lead. The visitors scored in the 67th minute through Linos Makwaza.
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