Blasts from the past: Zim’s Johnson makes SA look silly
Today in SA sports history: May 29
1983 — Kaizer Chiefs supporters throw missiles at team officials during their 0-2 league defeat to Moroka Swallows at Orlando Stadium. Objecting to substitutions by coach Orlando Casares, they threw objects including bottles and cans that caused minor injuries.
1994 — Mbulelo Botile wins the SA bantamweight title in his 12th professional bout, scoring a split decision over experienced Derrick Whiteboy in Cape Town. Whiteboy, with eight successful defences since winning the belt in 1990, had a record of 34 wins, three losses and a draw. Botile never got to defend the belt, winning the IBF world crown 11 months later.
1999 — The Proteas suffer their first setback at the World Cup in a surprise defeat to neighbours Zimbabwe in Chelmsford. Opener Neil Johnson top-scored with 76 to spearhead the Zimbabweans to 233/6. The South Africans were woeful in their reply, the first four batsmen failing to reach double figures. Shaun Pollock and Lance Klusener each made 52, but it wasn’t enough to stave off a defeat by 48 runs. Johnson, who took 3/27, was named man of the match. The loss put SA onto a course that would end in heartbreak.
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