SPORTS DAY: Chiefs, Pirates pray for a change of heart


SPORTS DAY: Chiefs, Pirates pray for a change of heart

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Chiefs and Pirates praying for Soweto derby venue
The Telkom Knockout semifinal between the Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs scheduled for November 24 may be played outside of its usual venue‚ FNB Stadium‚ if the talks to stage it there come to nothing on Wednesday morning. There is a prayer meeting on November 24 and 25 that Stadium Management of SA‚ which manages FNB Stadium‚ signed to host at the venue.
Wonder strike came from a moment of madness
Kaizer Chiefs right-back Ramahlwe Mphahlele has said he certainly meant to shoot for goal with his wonder strike from a crazy angle in his team’s 1-0 Telkom Knockout quarterfinal win against SuperSport United on Sunday. Mphahlele’s swerving half-volley from the right edge of the area at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban was cleanly struck and had Matsatsantsa goalkeeper Ronwen Williams flapping at air. Given the angle‚ some might speculate Mphahlele had mis-hit a cross rather than shooting for goal. “I was definitely going for the goal‚” Mphahlele said.
PSL lauds police steps against hooliganism
The Premier Soccer League has lauded the work of the police after four suspects arrested in two Telkom Knockout quarterfinals in Durban over the weekend were denied bail in court. The four face various charges ranging from selling fake tickets‚ pitch invasion and theft.
Black Leopards send warning to Kaizer Chiefs
Black Leopards coach Joel Masutha is under no illusions about what his team will be up against when they return to FNB Stadium on Wednesday night to meet Kaizer Chiefs for the second time inside a month‚ this time in the Absa Premiership. Leopards were unlucky to go out on post-match penalties after holding Chiefs to a 1-1 draw in the first round of the Telkom Knockout. “Whoever they put in the side will be quality. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be going there to take Chiefs on‚” he warned.
Blitzboks begin series depleted of key players
The Blitzboks will go into the opening stages of the 2018-19 HSBC World Sevens Series short of key players through injury and XVs commitments. Record try-scorer Seabelo Senatla‚ dual XVs and sevens Springbok Kwagga Smith‚ Dylan Sage‚ Ruhan Nel‚ Rhyno Smith and Tim Agaba are done with sevens for now. Cecil Afrika‚ Stedman Gans and Heino Bezuidenhout are unavailable due to injuries.
Wallabies look for pack fixes ahead of Wales test
Beleaguered Australia are hoping a week’s training camp in Japan has fixed persistent problems in their forward play, not least at lineout time, experienced flanker David Pocock said on Tuesday. Australia start a three-Test tour of Europe with a game against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, looking to continue a dominant run against their hosts and turn around a miserable run of results which has left coach Michael Cheika and his players under severe pressure.
Nedbank Golf Challenge fails to attract heavy hitters
Only six of the world’s top 50 ranked players will this week assemble for the Nedbank Golf Challenge‚ with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy by far remaining the tournament’s star attraction. In fact‚ McIlroy‚ who is ranked sixth‚ is the only player inside the world’s top 20 who will tee up at Sun City‚ while South Africa’s challenge will be headlined by former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen‚ who is 39th.
Proteas have tweaks to make for World Cup
Senior Protea women’s all-rounder Marizanne Kapp said how they pace themselves through the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies will go a long way in determining their progress in the tournament. While the World Cup starts on Friday when hosts West Indies face off against Bangladesh at the Providence Stadium in Guyana‚ SA’s tournament starts at 2 am SA time next Tuesday morning when they face Sri Lanka at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia.
Zim coach hopes to revive glory after Bangladesh win
Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput said Tuesday’s 151-run rout of Bangladesh would restore some confidence in their cricket after years languishing at the dead bottom of the Test rankings. The visitors bowled Bangladesh for 169 runs in Sylhet, notching not just their first Test victory in five years but the first away from home in close to two decades. “Teams around the world will know that Zimbabwe is getting back to the team they were earlier,” Rajput said.
- Reuters, AFP, TimesLIVE

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