SPORTS DAY: ‘Va-va-Bvuma needs to dial down the revs’
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Bvuma must keep grounded
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has said Bruce Bvuma needs to keep grounded coming off a heady month as the young goalkeeper faces one of the biggest games of his career in Sunday’s Nedbank Cup quarterfinal against Cape Town City. “You know‚ at this time you get a lot of new friends‚ a lot of new interest from brothers‚ uncles‚ new friends coming to the market‚ and then you get carried away. It’s important for him to keep his feet on the ground‚ don’t fly around catching butterflies. Make sure you are solid and concentrating on doing your job.”
Baxter says Bafana should fear no-one
Stuart Baxter was reluctant to put a target on how far he would like Bafana Bafana to progress at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. “I’ve been part of English national teams with the golden generation of Paul Scholes‚ Steven Gerrard and these people‚ who failed‚” said Baxter‚ an England under-19 coach from 2002 to 2004. Pressed on whether he felt SA can reach the semifinals‚ Baxter said: “I don’t think that this squad of players should fear anybody. I will be saying to them‚ ‘No matter who’s on the other side of the field‚ I think we can beat them’.”
Pirates to learn from painful exit
Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele says the club’s painful exit from the Caf Champions League in the group stages will serve as motivation to mount a strong finish in the Absa Premiership. The Buccaneers must finish in the top two on the premiership standings to ensure a swift return to continental football and Jele has urged his teammates to focus on helping the team to succeed in their quest. “For us we must now forget about the hurt we experienced in Conakry and focus on motivating the guys because we are all disappointed that we didn’t qualify to the next round of the Champions League‚” he said.
Pote wants Bulls to prove themselves
Bulls coach Pote Human has urged his players to use the crunch Super Rugby clash against Sharks at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday to prove themselves. “This is a chance for guys to prove themselves again‚” he said. “They know that pressure is on, but they are good players and they showed that for three weeks against SA franchises. I know what they can do and they must show this weekend that they are hungry to play for the Bulls.” Sharks hero Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira will equal Adriaan Strauss’s SA record of 156 Super Rugby appearances against the Bulls.
Fleck rings the changes
After six wins in their seven meetings against the Blues this decade‚ the Stormers are quietly confident they can end an unsightly losing streak in New Zealand when they face the Aucklanders on Saturday. Stormers coach Robbie Fleck made six changes to the side that narrowly lost 34-28 against the Hurricanes in Wellington last weekend‚ to face the Blues in what could be Fleck’s last game in New Zealand. Last week’s loss was the Stormers’ 11th straight defeat in NZ – a streak that stretches back almost six years.
It was Faf’s idea to play Miller at keeper
Faf du Plessis has a well-earned reputation as a daring captain who likes to push boundaries and it should not come as a surprise that it was his idea to try out batsman David Miller as back-up wicketkeeper for the ICC World Cup. The Miller experiment was put into practice during the recent win over Sri Lanka in the second ODI, and he was given another opportunity in the first T20. “Faf came up with the idea and we talked about it for a while before pitching it up to the guys‚” said Proteas coach Ottis Gibson.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE