Blasts from the past: Broke ‘Loop en Val’ trots off to Texas
Today in SA sports history: September 21
1979 — Star runner Matthews Motshwarateu gets a helping hand from two white South African colleagues to take up a scholarship at the University of Texas in El Paso. Short of the airfare to get to the US, athletes Bernard Rose and Johnny Halberstadt dipped into their own pockets to assist him. At that stage, athletics was still strictly amateur in SA, meaning Motshwarateu – named “Loop en Val” for his awkward running style – was unable to earn money from the sport.
2002 — Striker Patrick Mayo scores twice as Bafana Bafana beat Malawi 3-1 in the first leg of the Cosafa Cup final in Blantyre. Substitute Jimmy Kauleza scored the third goal with two minutes of regulation time remaining. SA would head to Durban a week later searching for their first-ever Cosafa Cup triumph.
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