SPORTS DAY: Flak flies as bitter Silva lays into Pitso
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Ex-player lambasts Pitso
Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Toni Silva‚ sold to Al-Ittihad in Egypt this month after an unsuccessful half-season at the Brazilians‚ has launched a scathing attack on Downs coach Pitso Mosimane. In an open letter Silva made numerous startling allegations‚ among them that Mosimane was the “weakest coach I have ever had in my life”‚ was arrogant and killed players’ dreams and careers. “You are arrogant and your ego does not help you as you fail to make your players happy‚ but kill dreams and player’s careers then turn around and say ‘it didn’t work out’.”
‘Proposed law will kill professional soccer’
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) are going to fight tooth and nail against the proposed Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) draft resolutions that were published before Christmas in the Government Gazette. “To take the limited exclusivity from the broadcast rights owner will devalue the broadcast rights to the effect that the PSL will not be able to afford to stage the events where it creates the content that the broadcaster currently buys,” PSL chairman Irvin Khoza said. The regulations will see free-to-air broadcasters like SABC required to broadcast 11 international tournaments live and these include soccer‚ cricket‚ rugby‚ boxing‚ netball and athletics tournaments.
Benni wants to end Chiefs jinx
Benni McCarthy wants to end his dismal run as a coach against Kaizer Chiefs when Cape Town City take them on in an Absa Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night (kickoff 7.30pm). McCarthy has met Chiefs as a coach on three previous occasions and lost every one‚ including a 4-1 hammering that stands as the worst result of his head coaching career. “Chiefs are a team I have not beaten as a coach yet in three attempts – three losses‚” McCarthy said ruefully. CRICKET
Sarfraz vows to return as an improved man Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed has vowed to be a better player as he returned home after being handed a four-match ban for a racial slur against Proteas player Andile Phehlukwayo. “I will improve myself and my performance in the future and I thank my supporters for their backing.” The ICC said Sarfraz will have to attend “an education programme to promote the understanding and awareness of issues directly relevant to the offence that he has committed”.
Pakistan, India to kick off T20 World Cups
Hosts Australia will take on Pakistan’s men and India’s women for the opening fixtures of the Twenty20 World Cups in 2020, organisers said on Tuesday as the draw for the tournaments was announced. The women’s tournament is from February 21 to March 8 and the men’s from October 18 to November 15. The SA men’s side are in the same group as India, England, Afghanistan and two qualifiers, and the women are with West Indies, 2009 champions England, Pakistan and one qualifying team.
Former Baby Bok on verge of France cap
Two continents, three clubs and a new language. SA-born Paul Willemse has taken the long route to potentially making his debut for France in Friday’s Six Nations opener against Wales. Willemse, a 2012 world champion with the Baby Boks, arrived on French soil in 2014 as a 21-year-old a matter of weeks after losing a Currie Cup semifinal with the Blue Bulls, and little did he know five years later he would be days away from wearing an international blue shirt.
Cane to miss half of Super season Injured All Blacks flanker Sam Cane will miss more than half the Super Rugby season as he continues a long recovery from a broken neck, his club said on Tuesday. Cane was again named co-captain of the Chiefs, this year in partnership with Brodie Retallick, but the club said in a statement he was unlikely to take the field until late April.
Ashley-Cooper joins Waratahs Adam Ashley-Cooper has signed a one-year contract with the New South Wales Waratahs, the Super Rugby club said on Tuesday, as the veteran utility back pushes for selection for the World Cup in Japan. If selected, he would join George Gregan as the only Australian to play in four of the tournaments.
‘Hothead’ England captain a weak link: Stringer
Peter Stringer has said Ireland will look to get under the skin of “hothead” England captain Owen Farrell when the teams meet in their Six Nations clash in Dublin. “The likes of Owen Farrell: he’s in charge of everything they do, being captain and having all that responsibility, but he is a hothead,” commented 41-year-old Stringer, the former Ireland scrumhalf. MOTORSPORT
F1 promoters’ group critical of sport’s owners A majority of F1’s grand prix promoters issued a statement on Monday expressing concern about how the sport is being run by owners Liberty Media. “It is not in the long term interest of the sport that fans lose free access to content and broadcasting,” the Formula One Promoters’ Association said in a three-point statement.
Murray undergoes hip surgery
Former world No 1 Andy Murray has undergone a hip resurfacing surgery in London, the 31-year-old Scot said on Tuesday. His post on Instagram featured an X-ray picture of his hip. “I now have a metal hip,” Murray wrote in his post. “Feeling a bit battered and bruised just now but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain.”
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE