SPORTS DAY: Bafana’s Lebo set for R135m French move

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SPORTS DAY: Bafana’s Lebo set for R135m French move

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SOCCER
Bafana star set to become SA’s most expensive player
Bafana Bafana striker Lebo Mothiba is set for a surprise move away from French Ligue 1 side Lille on Thursday as the club seek to cash in on one of their assets in this transfer window. Mothiba had a medical at fellow Ligue 1 side Strasbourg on Wednesday and should complete a move that would‚ if reports in France are to be believed‚ possibly make him the most expensive SA player ever with a fee potentially rising to €8m (R135m).
Komphela refuses to gloat over Chiefs
Steve Komphela refused to gloat over inflicting further damage on his former club Kaizer Chiefs‚ who are in the doldrums at start of the new season while Komphela’s Bloemfontein Celtic enjoy an unbeaten start. “Selfishness should never be part of who we are as a people‚” said Komphela after the 2-2 draw on Wednesday night. “I can’t leave here tonight punching the air because that would be an indictment on the time I was here.”
Chippa is misunderstood, says Tinkler
Eric Tinkler says controversial Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi‚ owner of struggling Absa Premiership side Chippa United‚ has a good heart and he is largely misunderstood. Mpengesi is well known for being trigger-happy when it comes to firing coaches. “I have actually found this man to have a soft spot and I think people just misunderstand him to a degree‚” said Tinkler, who arrived in Port Elizabeth last week following the dismissal of Dan Malesela.
‘Bale can fill Ronaldo boots at Real’Gareth Bale can cope with the pressure of replacing Cristiano Ronaldo as the star man at Real Madrid, says his Wales boss Ryan Giggs. Bale has become the main forward at Real since Ronaldo’s summer departure to Juventus, scoring in their opening La Liga wins against Getafe and Girona. “It’s a massive void to fill but Gareth has the experience now of being at the club for a long time. Every year there is pressure on him and he has handled it brilliantly.”
CRICKET
Tahir is tops in Caribbean
Imran Tahir is the leading spinner overall and the star of the SA show at this year’s Caribbean Premier League. The leg spinner has taken 11 wickets in six games – third on the list behind Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas‚ both of them seamers – for the Guyana Amazon Warriors‚ who are coached by former SA offspinner Johan Botha.
Cricket commentator for sleep aid app
Henry Blofeld, the legendary cricket commentator, is embarking on a new career at the age of 78 – as a talking sleep aid and the latest thing in online sleep technology. Silicon Valley is turning to the cravat-wearing Englishman and – until his retirement this time last year – stalwart of BBC radio’s Test Match Special, as its newest weapon in tech’s battle to solve “the global sleep crisis”.
TENNIS
Serena and Venus to meet for 30th timeSerena and Venus Williams will clash for the 30th time on Friday with a place in the last 16 of the US Open at stake. Six-time champion Serena eased into the third round encounter with a 6-2, 6-2 win over German world number 101 Carina Witthoeft on the back of 30 winners and 13 aces. Venus, the 2000 and 2001 champion in New York, made the third round for the 17th time with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Camila Giorgi of Italy.
MOTOR SPORT
Hamilton leaves it late to arrive at Monza
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was excused Italian Grand Prix media duties on Thursday due to what his Mercedes team said was an “unavoidable personal commitment“. The team gave no details but said he would not be arriving in Monza until Thursday evening, missing the official driver autograph session for fans.
ASIAN GAMES
Japan dare to dream of shock 2020 sprint win
Japan’s 4x100m relay team added gold to their Rio silver on the last night of Asian Games athletics Thursday, as they dared to dream of a shock victory at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. They led from the start to win in 38.16.
BOXING
Former world champ arrested for assault
Former world middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor was arrested on Wednesday on domestic assault charges. The police report said Taylor was taken into custody at his home after be punched a woman, held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. Area police arrested Taylor in July last year after he was accused of attacking a woman he was dating, police reports said, with prosecutors later dropping the charges. The report also said Taylor was given a 19-year suspended sentence in three separate cases.
ATHLETICS
Former official handed life ban over corruption
Top athletics official David Okeyo of Kenya has been handed a life ban from the sport’s world ruling body for corrupt practices, the IAAF announced. Okeyo, a former Secretary-General and Vice President of Athletics Kenya (AK) as well as a member of the IAAF Council, was found guilty of diverting funds from a contract between AK and sports giant Nike to his “own personal benefit“.
E-SPORTS
E-sports needs to raise game to become medal event
E-sports must streamline its governing bodies and avoid over-commercialisation before it can graduate to a full medal event at the next Asian Games, says the Olympic Council of Asia. Competitive video gaming made its major multi-sport event debut as a demonstration sport at the ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, raising the possibility of Olympic inclusion in the near future.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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