SPORTS DAY: There’s a teeny bit of revenge on Faf’s mind
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Faf seeks Sri Lankan ‘breaking point’ Proteas captain Faf du Plessis will seek to find Sri Lanka’s “breaking point” as early as possible when the first of two Tests starts at Kingsmead on Wednesday. With Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusingha admitting that recent upheavals in Sri Lankan cricket had affected the players, Du Plessis vowed to apply pressure on the tourists. “They beat us 2-0 in their own conditions which hurt us quite a bit. It’s important for us to keep them under pressure to make sure they don’t start the series well.”
Pirates lose unbeaten streak
Anice Badri scored one goal and set up another as African Champions League holders Esperance comfortably defeated Orlando Pirates 2-0 in their Group B clash at the Stade Olympique d’El Menzah in Tunisia on Tuesday. The result brought to an end a 27-game unbeaten run in all competitions for the Buccaneers‚ who last lost on August 19.
History gives Magic a chance
Kaizer Chiefs will be overwhelming favourites to beat Western Cape ABC Motsepe League side The Magic at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday‚ but after being given a scare by Tornado FC in the last round should take nothing for granted. Since SA’s premier knockout trophy switched to being known as the Nedbank Cup in 2008‚ no topflight side has lost more games to lower-league opposition than the Soweto giants. The Amakhosi have been bundled out of the competition by teams in the divisions below them on four occasions.
Motupa an injury doubt
Gift Motupa will likely miss out on a chance to get back among the goals again as he is struggling with a groin injury and could miss out on Bidvest Wits’s away Nedbank Cup outing against Black Leopards on Wednesday. The league leaders are also set to leave out Namibia international Deon Hotto‚ who received a knock on his knee at the weekend‚ when they travel to the second round tie in Thohoyandou.
Tributes for Banks of England
Gordon Banks’s immense standing in the game was reflected by the mass of tributes that flooded in on the announcement England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper had died aged 81, led by Bobby Charlton. Charlton, the driving force in the 1966 team, led the praise, saying “I was proud to call him a team-mate”. Banks, who died in his sleep aged 81 on Monday, may have brought football home with a 4-2 humbling of West Germany on that gilded afternoon at Wembley, yet he is perhaps better known for another exploit. His save from Brazilian legend Pele’s downward header in the 1970 group clash has him enshrined as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time.
Refugee makes triumphant return
Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi made a triumphant return to Australia on Tuesday, ending a two-month ordeal that saw him jailed in Thailand and threatened with forced return to his native Bahrain. A throng of well wishers decked in #SAVEHAKEEM T-shirts cheered and sang the football anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as they greeted the 25-year-old defender at Melbourne Airport, after an overnight flight to freedom aboard Thai Airways flight 465. “I want to thank Australia” said a smiling Araibi “this is my country”.
Osaka splits with coach
World tennis No 1 Naomi Osaka has split from her coach Sascha Bajin just 17 days after completing back-to-back Grand Slam victories at the Australian Open. No reason was given for the surprise decision to part ways, but Japanese media cited Osaka’s management company IMG in reporting that there had been a breakdown in the player’s relationship with the coach since the start of the year.
Nel set for Super baptism of fire
Ruhan Nel has won two Sevens World Series titles with the Blitzboks and a Currie Cup at Western Province‚ and he has even toured with the Springboks‚ but he has never played in Super Rugby. The big centre makes his debut for the Stormers when they meet the Bulls at Loftus in what is expected to be a tough introduction to the tournament. The 1.91m‚ 101kg Nel is likely to slot in at outside centre alongside Springbok midfielder Damian de Allende and facing incumbent Bok Jesse Kriel in what could be a defining clash of the contest.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE