SPORTS DAY: Stu much money to give Bafana coach the boot
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SOCCERBaxter to quit Bafana for Chiefs, say sources
The SA Football Association (Safa) and Kaizer Chiefs are working on an intricate plan that could see beleaguered Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter move to the Naturena club in the coming days. Well-placed insiders told TimesLIVE on Tuesday that negotiations are centred on Baxter resigning as coach of the senior national team and returning to Chiefs where he is expected to replace Steve Komphela. Baxter’s contract with Safa runs until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but officials do not want to fire him because they would have to pay a huge financial settlement. If a deal is concluded between Chiefs supremo Kaizer Motaung‚ who is personally handling the negotiations‚ and Safa president Danny Jordaan‚ Baxter’s contract would be terminated by mutual agreement.
France and Denmark qualify after dreary draw
Already-qualified France played out an uninspiring goalless draw with Denmark in their final World Cup Group C match at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday, which was enough to ensure that both teams advance to the knockout stage. It was the first goalless match of the tournament after 36 games.
Sweden must bounce back fast in knife-edge group
Sweden coach Janne Andersson must find a way to pick up his deflated players following their devastating defeat to Germany in a World Cup Group F that stands tantalisingly poised. It left the group on a knife edge going into the final round of games on Wednesday, when Sweden face Mexico in Yekaterinburg while at the same time Germany play South Korea in Kazan.
German FA suspend two staffers over spat
The German Football Association has suspended two of its backroom staff for Wednesday’s crunch World Cup clash against South Korea following an angry exchange with the Sweden bench. Media coordinator Uli Voigt and Georg Behlau, head of the backroom staff, have been told not to attend the final Group F match in Kazan, which Germany must win by a margin of two goals to be sure of reaching the last 16.Ajax admit ‘inadequate’ Nouri treatment
Ajax have admitted to providing “inadequate” on-field medical treatment for Abdelhak Nouri after the former midfielder collapsed during a pre-season friendly last year, the Dutch club’s general manager Edwin van der Sar has said. Nouri suffered cardiac arrest during the match against German club Werder Bremen in July 2017, and despite being revived on the pitch and airlifted to a hospital, the 21-year-old suffered “serious and permanent” brain damage. Investigations showed that a defibrillator should have been used sooner in the treatment. “Had this happened, it’s possible that Abdelhak would have come out in a better condition,” said Van der Sar.
Doc Khumalo’s future hangs in balance
Doctor Khumalo is heading for the Baroka FC exit door. The Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana legend has not returned to Limpopo for pre-season and insiders have said his days are numbered at the club.
Uefa lifts Champions League stadium booze ban
Uefa’s executive committee has ended an alcohol ban in stadiums on Champions League and Europa League match days, a move supporter associations queued up to welcome on Tuesday.
Strauss to quit rugby
Bulls and former Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss is retiring from all forms of the rugby at the end of the current Super Rugby campaign. The 32-year-old hooker‚ who retired from Test rugby last year‚ is bringing to an end a sterling 14-year career at the highest level of the game.
Samoa PM says rugby team must quit if they lose
Samoa’s prime minister has fired stinging criticism at the national rugby union team, saying they “have no guts”, while also rubbishing Germany ahead of their crunch Rugby World Cup qualifier in Apia on Saturday. After a disappointing run of defeats, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi turned up at training and told the players they should quit if they can’t beat Germany, the Samoa Observer reported on Monday. “You played 10 games and you lost in all of those 10 games, so what does that tell me? You have no guts. That is what I said to them,” Malielegaoi said.
BOXINGHeartache keeps Eastern Cape fighter motivated
The dream that fuels unbeaten prospect Sikho Nqothole is to become a champion so he can buy a house for his long-lost mother who walked out of the family home in Mthatha when he was a teenager. Nqothole‚ with nine victories in the paid ranks‚ takes on the vastly more experienced Tanzanian‚ Sunday Kiwale‚ for the vacant WBA Pan African junior-bantamweight title at the Sibaya Casino on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast on Wednesday. “That’s why I want to work hard‚” Nqothole said. “If she [his mother] comes back‚ I would like to build a home for her.”
Joshua told to face Povetkin or lose WBA title
Heavyweight Anthony Joshua has been told by the World Boxing Association (WBA) to agree terms for a mandatory title defence against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin with “immediate effect” or risk losing his WBA title. Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion, has been in negotiations for a unification fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder, but the WBA’s decision is likely to delay a potential bout between the two heavy hitters.
Wozniacki calls for Serena seeding
Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki has called for 23-times Grand Slam winner Serena Williams to be seeded at next month’s Wimbledon Championships ahead of the All England Club’s meeting on Tuesday. “She’s (Serena Williams) the greatest player to ever play the sport,” Denmark’s Wozniacki said after her straight-sets victory over Italian Camila Giorgi at the Eastbourne championships on Monday. “Having won so many Grand Slams and being number one for so many years, she deserves a seeding.”
AFP, Reuters and TimesLIVE