Blasts from the past: Helman nets in 1998 Afcon defence
Today in SA sports history: February 11
1984 — Playing with reserve goalkeeper Nelson Castro, Wits beat Mokoka Swallows Ltd 3-1 at Ellis Park to win the BP top-eight trophy 4-3 on aggregate.
1989 — Brian Mitchell stops Salvatore Bottigliere of Italy in Sicily in the seventh defence of his WBA junior-lightweight title. It was his third victory inside the distance as world champion.
1990 — Hours before Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Mike Tyson suffered his first professional defeat when he was knocked out in the 10th round by Buster Douglas in Tokyo in what was considered one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing.
1995 — Baby Jake Matlala’s first reign as world champion comes to an end as he loses his WBO flyweight crown on an eighth-round stoppage to Alberto Jiminez of Mexico at the Carousel casino, north of Pretoria.
1998 — Defending champions Bafana Bafana settle for a second African Nations Cup draw against Cote d’Ivoire. 1-1 (Helman Mkhalele converted an early penalty after Pollen Ndlanya had been brought down in the box. But victory was denied in the 87th minute when Ahmed Quattara outjumped the defence to score the equaliser.
2009 — Bafana Bafana’s record run of five consecutive wins comes to a crashing end as they lose 0-2 to Chile in a friendly at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane. Jorge Valdivia Toro scored on the stroke of halftime and Alexis Sanchez netted in the 65th minute.
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