SPORTS DAY: Brighton first XI was Tau much to hope for
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Tau loaned out by Brighton
English Premiership side Brighton and Hove Albion have confirmed that former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Percy Tau has joined Belgian B Division side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise on a season-long loan deal. The 24-year old Tau‚ who was the footballer and players’ player of the season in the Absa Premiership last season‚ joined the Seagulls from Sundowns with manager Chris Hughton immediately indicating that he would be loaned out. Albion’s development pathway manager David Weir said: “Percy is a talent we have brought to the club for the future‚ and this loan allows him to play regular senior football here in Europe. It is a significant investment for us‚ and we will be closely watching his progress with Union.”
Chiefs coach complains about schedule
As Kaizer Chiefs lurch through an erratic and unconvincing start to the season‚ new coach Giovanni Solinas has complained that the Premier Soccer League schedule is “for robots not for human beings. Today you play‚ then you travel‚” Solinas said after his team drew 1-1 in a league fixture with Boroka on Tuesday, just three days after beating Free State Stars in the MTN8 quarterfinals. “So we travelled for four hours [from Johannesburg to Polokwane]. We played on Saturday‚ no time for recovery‚ no time for training. It’s a big problem.”
Vote on Davis Cup shake-up
The most radical overhaul in the 118-year history of the Davis Cup could be given the green light on Thursday as the tennis world gathers in Florida to vote on sweeping reforms which have divided the sport. The plan will see the Davis Cup’s sprawling existing format, stretched across the calendar year and played in all corners of the globe, condensed into a season-ending 18-nation event played at a single, neutral venue. If successful, the new format would be launched in November of 2019.
Tough time for WPWestern Province might not have a tougher game in the upcoming Currie Cup than the pre-tournament warm-up they will play against French club giants Montpellier in that city on Thursday. The 2018 Top 14 runners-up are in their pre-season and have packed the squad with world stars such as hooker Bismarck du Plessis‚ flyhalf Aaron Cruden‚ No 8 Louis Picamoles and giant wing Nemani Nadolo. The Currie Cup cannot offer such a wide array of genuine rugby superstars. Former Bok wing Dillyn Leyds will play flyhalf and captain WP in their second tour match following their 59-14 win over division two team Narbonne least week.
Currie Cup still important, says Boshoff
There is no doubt that the Currie Cup has lost its shine over the past few years, but veteran Blue Bulls flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff is adamant that the competition still has an important role to play in the development of rugby in SA. “For me‚ Currie Cup is close to my heart‚” Boshoff said. “It is a valuable competition in South Africa because it gives youngsters opportunities to prove themselves.”
Kenya target World Cup ticket against Namibia
Kenya hope to round off their Rugby Africa Gold Cup campaign with victory over holders Namibia in Windhoek on Saturday to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Japan. In the winner-takes-all clash, both sides are unbeaten after four matches.
Kenya criticises African team selectionAthletics Kenya on Wednesday questioned why the men’s 4x400 relay team did not receive an invitation to compete in next month’s IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Kenyan quartet of Jared Momanyi, Alfas Kishoyian, Aaron Koech and Emmanuel Korir won the gold medal at the African championships in Asaba, Nigeria, earlier this month, but none of the athletes were included in the African team. Just three athletes were named for the three-man event: Botswanans Nijel Amos and Baboloki Thebe, and South African Thapelo Phora.
Stead named New Zealand cricket coach
New Zealand Cricket have appointed former Test batsman Gary Stead as the new Black Caps coach, with pundits describing him as a steady pair of hands to replace Mike Hesson. Stead, 46, was a journeyman opening bat, playing just five Tests in 1999 before being dropped. But he has excelled as a coach, guiding Canterbury to domestic titles in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He also took the national women’s team, the White Ferns, to the 209 World Cup final.
Indonesia’s richest man going for gold
Billionaire tobacco tycoon Michael Bambang Hartono may not be the oldest competitor at the Asian Games, but he is the richest. The 78-year-old head of cigarette giant Djarum Group is set to represent host Indonesia on its bridge team at the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event, which kicks off Saturday in Jakarta and co-host city Palembang. Hartono was narrowly beaten in the age category by 81-year-old Malaysian bridge player Lee Hung Fong — who is seven decades older than the youngest athlete, nine-year-old Indonesian skateboarder Aliqqa Novvery Kayyisa.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE