Blasts from the past: Pollen’s equaliser not to be sneezed at
Today in SA sports history: February 20
1996 — The Proteas smash New Zealand in a World Cup encounter in Faisalabad. They restricted the Kiwis to 177/9, with Stephen Fleming top-scoring with 33 from 79 balls. Hansie Cronje struck 78 off 64 balls as SA romped to victory by five wickets with 75 balls remaining. That was SA’s first World Cup victory over New Zealand.
1997 — Gary Murray loses his bid to reclaim his marginal WBU welterweight title from Italian Alessandro Duran in Ferrara, going down by unanimous points decision. He had lost the belt on a controversial disqualification the previous year.
1998 — Baby Jake Matlala defends his peripheral IBA junior-flyweight title on a technical decision against Jose Victor Burgos of Mexico in Baton Rouge, US. At the time the SA boxing authorities refused to acknowledge the marginal world sanctioning bodies, which meant Matlala was unable to defend on home soil the belt he had won from legendary Michael Carbajal.
1999 — Bafana Bafana fight back from a goal down to beat Botswana 2-1 in a Cosafa Cup match in Gaborone. Diphetogo Selolwane put the hosts into the lead in the 13th minute, but Pollen Ndlanya equalised in the 36th minute and three minutes later Maimane Phiri put them into the lead.
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