SPORTS DAY: Another gong for ace goalscorer Musonda
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Sredojevic thanks team after award
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has thanked his technical support staff and his players after he won the coach of the month award for the second time this season on Thursday. Sredojevic won for March/April as Bucs continue their push for a first league title since 2012. Black Leopards striker and PSL’s top scorer Mwape Musonda‚ whose 15 goals may well help his club survive relegation‚ walked away with the player of the month gong, also for the second time this season.
Khune not on Afcon radar, says Baxter
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter has admitted that Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has no chance of being part of Bafana Bafana’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations. Baxter said on Thursday he had spoken to Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp‚ and established that Khune certainly will not be at the Afcon. “They said that the training [for Khune] is going very‚ very slowly‚ it’s not in the realms of possibility that he’s going to be anywhere near fit. So that’s discounted.”
Fish for Bafana?
Stuart Baxter is considering bringing in Bafana Bafana legend Mark Fish as the national team’s second assistant-coach/scout for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in June and July. Baxter has spoken to Fish‚ and is awaiting a response‚ after Quinton Fortune‚ who the head coach had also approached‚ was unavailable. Fish would serve mostly as a scout at the Afcon‚ with SA under-17 coach Molefi Ntseki confirmed as Baxter’s first assistant-coach.
Finch tips fired-up Warner to dominate
Australia captain Aaron Finch believes David Warner will enter this year’s World Cup desperate to prove himself as the disgraced batsman prepares to rejoin his teammates after a ball-tampering ban. Warner has been in red-hot form in the India Premier League after completing a 12-month suspension for cheating, averaging 69.20 in 12 innings, including a century and eight 50s. “He’s coming back with a huge hunger, not just to perform well for his franchise, but to dominate international cricket again.”
England skipper slams Hales
England captain Eoin Morgan has accused disgraced Alex Hales of “complete disregard” for team values following the Nottinghamshire batsman’s exile from the tournament hosts’ World Cup squad. “Alex’s actions have shown complete disregard for those [team] values,” Morgan said on Thursday. “This has created a lack of trust between Alex and the team. On Saturday, we got together as a group of senior players to discuss the effect the news coming out would have on the team and the culture. “We all agreed the best decision for the team was for Alex to be deselected.”
Lions coach keeps job
The Lions on Thursday slapped their defence coach Joey Mongalo on the wrist after an Australian court found him guilty of indecent assault earlier this year. The charge relates to Mongalo’s interaction with a hotel staffer after the Lions’ match against the Waratahs during their 2018 tour of Australasia. Mongalo will have to undergo corrective disciplinary action‚ as well as compulsory ethical and professional management training.
Semenya competes in Doha
Caster Semenya is set to compete at the first Diamond League meet of the season in Doha on Friday night‚ just two days after failing in her bid to have the IAAF’s regulations for women with hyperandrogenism declared invalid. Semenya, the Olympic and world champion, goes up against Olympic and world championship silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba as well as Briton Lynsey Sharp who‚ after the Olympic final‚ tearfully complained about Semenya having an unfair advantage because of her naturally occurring higher levels of testosterone.
More eye candy from Tongan Taufatofua?
Tongan Pita Taufatofua, who set social media ablaze when he went shirtless during the opening and closing ceremonies in the past two Olympics, on Wednesday said he is aiming to qualify for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo in two sports. The Australia-born 35-year-old hopes to make a second appearance in taekwondo while also hunting for gold in sprint kayak, which he said he only took up recently. If successful he will be the first person in the modern era to compete in three completely different Olympic sports following his unlikely foray into cross-country skiing in Pyeongchang last year.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE