SPORTS DAY: Hint of Premier League glamour in Amajita
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Amajita World Cup squad named
Monaco striker Lyle Foster‚ Leicester City midfielder Thakgalo Leshabela and Ajax Amsterdam forward Leo Thethani headline the 21-man Amajita squad named to compete in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Poland in May and June. Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Njabulo Blom‚ Portugal-based Kobamelo Kodisang and experienced goalkeeper Khulekani Kubheka of First Division Cape Umoya FC are other notable inclusions in coach Thabo Senong’s team.
Can Galaxy make history?
National First Division side TS Galaxy will have the opportunity to create history when they meet Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the Nedbank Cup in Durban on Saturday‚ seeking to become the first second-tier side yet to lift the trophy. A number have reached the final before and lost – Pretoria City‚ Mpumalanga Black Aces‚ University of Pretoria and Black Leopards – but Galaxy might fancy their chances against a brittle-looking Chiefs side. Chiefs have a rare full-strength squad available for the final‚ says Amakhosi coach Ernst Middendorp. “Everybody is available. No issues. No nothing – flu‚ nothing. Everybody.”
Liebenberg and Gelant to start for Bulls
Bulls coach Pote Human has recalled Hanro Liebenberg and Warrick Gelant to the starting lineup for the Super Rugby clash against the Rebels at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne on Friday. Liebenberg and Gelant missed last week’s defeat to the Crusaders at Loftus, but they have now recovered from their respective injuries.
Lions scrum must be even better, says Smith
Fit-again Lions prop Dylan Smith needs no reminding that last week’s heroic scrumming will count for nothing when they pack down against the Highlanders at Ellis Park on Saturday. “The Highlanders are a great scrummaging pack‚” said Smith. “We have to stick to our system. We can’t go into a game looking at different things. We have to modify ourselves to look at how we can be better from our previous performance and trust that the system will work for us.”
Laker studies Crusaders
Stormers defensive co-ordinator Norman Laker has been burning the midnight oil this week preparing for the Crusaders. It’s a daunting task, but it’s also a unique opportunity if you can find the solution to stifling the eight-time champions. The Crusaders have scored 55 tries in 12 matches‚ which is 10 more than the Hurricanes‚ who are the next best in the competition. “As South Africans‚ we pride ourselves defensively and we have ball carriers to get us over the gain line‚ so I don’t think we must go away from that and play their [Crusaders] rugby‚” Laker said.
Ottis happy to face England in opener
How will SA handle England’s red-hot batting unit in the World Cup opener? Despite England’s fireworks against Pakistan, Proteas coach Ottis Gibson hasn’t lost his sense of optimism ahead of the May 30 showdown at The Oval. “That’ll give us a feeling of where we’re at as a team. We’ve got nothing to lose and if we have a good outcome‚ I guess it puts pressure on them for the rest of the tournament and we can relax a little bit.”
Morgan banned from fourth ODI
England will have to find a new captain for the fourth one-day international against Pakistan on Friday after skipper Eoin Morgan was banned from the match by the ICC for a slow over-rate offence. Morgan was also fined 40% of his match fee and his players 20% of theirs after match referee Richie Richardson ruled England were two overs short after time allowances were taken into consideration.
Alonso frustrated as Indy 500 practice opens
Two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso endured a frustrating day of Indianapolis 500 practice on Tuesday, completing just 50 laps as he wrestled with electrical issues. The Spaniard posted a best lap of 360.75km/h on the 4km Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in his Chevrolet powered McLaren – 32nd-fastest out of 30.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE