Blasts from the past: Bafana battle to find a 1990s groove

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Blasts from the past: Bafana battle to find a 1990s groove

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Today in SA sports history: October 10

1976 — Nine white rugby players defy the apartheid government by playing in a match between black teams at the Dan Qeqe stadium in Veeplaas, Port Elizabeth. It made front page news and earned the attention of the notorious security police, who approached the Crusaders and Rhodes rugby clubs where the nine were based. SA Rugby Board boss Danie Craven issued a statement saying they risked being suspended, and the department of sport in Port Elizabeth described the match as illegal. But the players didn’t back down. Five players from Crusaders – Dan “Cheeky” Watson, his brother Vallance, Okie Vermeulen, Colin Snodgrass and Albert Odendaal – turned out for Kwaru, the team from Kwazakhele. The other four from Rhodes – Al Weakley, Derek Barter, Peter Matthews and Charlie Pascoe – played for the black Border side, Sedru. Cheeky had applied for permits to enter Veeplaas, but he was turned down by the department of Bantu administration. His brother said: “I have spent the whole season coaching Kwaru. What’s wrong with me playing with them in a friendly?”

1992 — Playing in only their sixth international since readmission, three months earlier, the SA soccer team is smashed 0-4 by Nigeria in a World Cup qualifying match in Nigeria. It was their heaviest defeat, eclipsing the 1-4 loss to Zimbabwe two months before. It was matched a few times, but stood until Bafana Bafana were hammered 0-5 by Brazil in 2014...

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