SPORTS DAY: Boks are slowly getting over their indignation
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Boks need to switch focus from ‘that tackle’
Springbok centre Damian de Allende admitted that England flyhalf Owen Farrell’s controversial tackle in the dying of embers of last week’s 12-11 Test loss at Twickenham had been heavily discussed among the squad. Farrell’s 82nd-minute shoulder charge on Bok centre Andre Esterhuizen has been dissected across the rugby world and there are few‚ if any‚ analysts who believe referee Angus Gardner’s decision not to award a penalty was correct. Bok coach Rassie Erasmus and defence expert Jacques Nienaber even went as far as making a tongue-in-cheek video at training in Paris on Sunday‚ urging Esterhuizen to hit higher and without arms. The video went viral.
Lerena’s corner come out slugging about doping
Kevin Lerena’s promoter‚ Rodney Berman‚ has insisted that the IBO cruiserweight champion is innocent of any doping offence‚ and says he has the documents to prove it. The World Boxing Council confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday morning that Lerena tested positive in a test by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on October 18 in Johannesburg and the clean boxing programme protocol will follow. “This is one of the most unfortunate reports and the only thing I want to say is that he [Lerena] is totally innocent and I am writing a report to them‚” Berman said.
Proteas still tight despite third warm-up defeat
While the Proteas Women’s side were on the receiving end of a 46-run defeat against Australia in their final Women’s World T20 warm-up game in Guyana on Tuesday‚ all-rounder Sune Luus was still a hive of optimism. Australia's 130/4 looked a reachable total but SA’s batting failed them. They could only manage 84/9 in their allotted overs. SA begin their tournament on Tuesday against Sri Lanka in St Lucia. Luus said they believed they can still win the tournament provided all their elements came together.
Motsepe prayers boot derby out of FNB Stadium
The Telkom Knockout semifinal match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs scheduled for November 24 will not be played at its usual venue‚ FNB Stadium. The Motsepe Foundation will host a national prayer meeting on the weekend of November 24 to 25 at the venue and talks to have it rescheduled have failed. The 62‚000-seater Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is now likely to host the match.
Zungu apologises for Orlando Pirates comments
Bongani Zungu has hastily apologised for comments he made on Twitter suggesting that assistant coach Rulani Mokwena was the brains behind the current coach staff of Orlando Pirates. Zungu’s praise of Mokwena for Pirates going top of the log in the Absa Premiership after back-to-back victories neglected to make any mention of head coach Milutin Sredojevic’s influence. The Bafana Bafana and Amiens SC midfielder then became embroiled in arguments over whether this was disrespectful.
Banyana can earn R160,000 if they win Afcon
Banyana Banyana are pitted against Nigeria‚ Zambia and Kenya in the African Women’s Cup of Nations‚ which starts on November 17 in Ghana. If Banyana lift the cup‚ each player will go home with R160‚000. For merely appearing in this tournament the 21 players announced by coach Desiree Ellis are guaranteed to go home with R40‚000.
FA appeals against decision to clear Mourinho The Football Association is appealing against the decision by an independent regulatory commission to clear Jose Mourinho of using foul language at the end of Manchester United’s Premier League match against Newcastle. TV footage showed Mourinho saying something, apparently in his native Portuguese, while at one point looking into a camera, as he headed towards the tunnel after the final whistle of the 3-2 comeback win on October 6. On October 31 it was announced the FA charge against Mourinho had been “not proven”. Nigeria consider unleashing teen sensation
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has hinted he could give a first cap to teenage forward Samuel Chukwueze‚ who plays for Villarreal in Spain’s La Liga‚ against Bafana Bafana in this month’s crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The former junior international has earned a first call-up and could play some role when Super Eagles meet Bafana at FNB Stadium on November 17. “Chukwueze has a good left foot‚ is quick‚ has a low centre of gravity‚ which gives him a very good balance‚ and can deliver and score‚” Rohr said.
Safa president Danny Jordaan in hospital
SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan has been hospitalised suffering from a heavy bout of influenza but is expected to be discharged on Friday. Jordaan‚ who has had a hectic schedule of travel in his capacity as a Confederation of African Football executive committee member‚ was admitted on Sunday with doctors concerned about him developing pneumonia.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE