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Aaron Gwin and Manon Carpenter stoke the 2014 World Cup fire in South Africa.
Julien Absalon demonstrates his abilities at the World Cup opener in Pietermaritzburg and increases the number of his World Cup successes to 27. The highly decorated Julien Absalon wins the race in South Africa ahead of German Manuel Fumic and his French compatriot Maxime Marotte, with Lukas Flückig...
After a decent showing in the Asia Cup, and showing a lot of promise as an opener in the recently concluded T20 World Cup, Ajinkya Rahane is fast becoming an asset rather than simply a liability. His good performances during the tour of South Africa and New Zealand raised the level of expectations a...
Liv Pro XC Team was on fire this weekend in South Africa with 1st & 3rd at the World Cup opener!
A veteran and a newcomer were winners at the first round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Fantastic results from the First World Cup in South Africa. The whole Team Norco Into. team was on fire!
Good Luck Brendan! About to represent TREK Racing Australia at the first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in South Africa.
Siphiwe Tshabalala's magnificent strike against Mexico gave South Africa joy and the 2010 World Cup one of its most magical memories. Siphiwe Tshabalala ...
ONLY WITH THE Holy Spirit “My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” Psalm 84:2 A few months ago a North Korean man successfully waded across the Tumen River into China looking for food, money and work in order to return later to his home country with help for his family. He was befriended by Korean-Chinese Christians (not an uncommon scenario among refugees there). As he sat in Christian meetings, an older woman said to him, “Receive the Holy Spirit or you can’t go back into North Korea; it’s too dangerous!” After many discussions with believers, he confessed Jesus as Lord of his life and received the Holy Spirit. He packed Bibles along with his food cargo and crossed the river back to North Korea. Though it was a full moon night, there were no guards since everyone was watching North Korea play football (soccer) against Brazil in the World Cup games in South Africa. As soon as he arrived home, he began talking about his new re ...
Ghana seeks to make World Cup history for Africa 2014-04-11 | Ghana came awfully close to being the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals, its progress halted by a handball from Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and Asamoah Gyan's miss from the resulting penalty. Gyan is captain this time and Ghana still has the core of the side that eventually lost in a shootout at the 2010 tournament. They've set their sights on going a step further in Brazil. Midfielders Michael Essien and Kevin-Prince Boateng, who both took extended breaks from international duty after 2010, have returned to bring the squad back to full strength. The Ghana team left South Africa as the toast of the continent four years ago, but has struggled to live up to that promise between the World Cups, losing to Zambia and Burkina Faso in the semifinals of the 2012 and 2013 African Cup tournaments. All that casts doubt on whether Ghana is Africa's best contender in Brazil, particularly with top-ranked African team Ivory Coast and conti ...
An interview with Canadian XC champion Emily Batty about the start to the 2014 World Cup season in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Photo by Photosport  A traditional sporting rivalry will add a new football chapter when the All Whites clash with South Africa at Mt Smart Stadium on Friday 30 May. After meeting the Socceroos in Sydney on May 26, Bafana Bafana will make the trip across the Tasman to meet the All Whites four days later. The May match-up follows closely on the heels of the All Whites’ trip to Japan in March which saw a young side - including two debutants in Ryan Thomas and Tyler Boyd - score twice in an improved second half showing in a 4-2 defeat in Tokyo. New Zealand Football CEO Andy Martin said the Japan encounter highlighted the way forward for a side building towards the qualification process for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia. “Our performance in Japan across the 90 minutes against a side heading to the World Cup showed we have a young team full of great potential,” Martin said. “Given the nature of our situation with players now based all over the globe, it’s imperative for our team and players that ...
UK 'honeymoon murder' suspect appears in South African court ReutersBy Wendell Roelf | Reuters – 7 hours ago Share2 Print By Wendell Roelf Cape Town (Reuters) - British businessman Shrien Dewani, who is accused of arranging for his bride to be murdered during their 2010 honeymoon in Cape Town, appeared briefly in a South African court on Tuesday after losing a three-year battle against extradition. Dewani has been treated for post-traumatic stress and depression since the killing of his Swedish wife, Anni, but Pretoria has not let up in its fight to bring him to trial, mindful of the damage to crime-ridden South Africa's reputation after its successful hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The 34-year-old arrived at Cape Town airport from Britain early in the morning but was whisked away out of sight of a throng of waiting reporters and taken to the Cape High Court, which was cordoned off with yellow police ticker tape. Top Cape Town judge, John Hlophe, postponed the case to May 12 and ruled that Dewani ...
Even tho I couldn't go to South Africa and Brazil for World Cup, I'm definitely going to 2018 one in Russia
Howard Webb TO OFFICIATE ATLETICO MADRID VS BARCELONA English referee Howard Webb has been appointed referee of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg meeting between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, UEFA has announced. The 44-year-old, who is a father of three, has been an international referee (FIFA badge) since 2005. His best year to date has been 2010, when he refereed both the Champions League Final in Madrid, which saw Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich 2-0, as well as the World Cup Final in South Africa. That final saw Spain lift their first World Cup after an extra time goal by Andrés Iniesta gave them the win over the Netherlands. Webb has been included in the list of referees for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, having also refereed at the Confederations Cup last summer, where he was in charge of Spain’s goalless semi-final against Italy. Barcelona has not known defeat whenever Webb has been in charge. The Englishman had been in charge for Barça’s group stage wins against Sha ...
Ibadan-based spiritualist Sat Guru Maharaji has tipped the Super Eagles to win the Brazil 2014 World Cup. Maharaji who spoke yesterday in Ibadan as guest of Oyo state chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) said all Stephen Keshi and his boys need do to spring the mother of all surprises in Brazil is to avoid wearing any color that has blue as well as sing a song he has specially composed for the team before every game. Maharaji said he had a hand in Nigeria’s fine run last year having been in constant touch with both the Super Eagles and Golden Eaglets during their AFCON and FIFA U-17 campaigns in South Africa and Dubai respectively. In Maharaji’s words: “I was in constant touch with the Eagles during their AFCON 2013 campaign and I remember telling them that the blue in Vincent Enyeama’s jersey was not good for the team. I told them that we would lift the Nations Cup, if they observe certain laws of divinity which has affinity with our country. I remember the Super Eagles officia ...
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New one... T20 World Cup me chali Virat ki Aandhi... South Africa se bhi bura haarega Rahul Gandhi.
South Africa once again become "CHOCKER". But the play like a champion but beaten by "CHAMPION OF CHAMPION INDIA ,& Brilliance of great "Virat Kohli &Raina Storm . Beware lankan Indian tiger coming for your hunt . Jai Hind Jai Hind well played India Mr Dhoni creating history this time wining all international tournament In a row Champion trophy World Cup odi & recent one T20 World Cup .,
I want either West Indies or South Africa to win the T20 World Cup.. .enough of Asian dominance in World Cricket!!
England defeat by Netherlands raises serious questions England's shambolic performance against Netherlands at the end of a horrible winter raises serious questions about the state of the team and where they go from here. But before I analyse their latest low, I must pay tribute to the Dutch, who thoroughly deserved their 45-run victory. Peter Borren's team should have beaten South Africa, and they did the basics right against England, held everything together and were comfortably the better side. To defend a below-par total of 133-5 and win by such a resounding margin was a superb effort. England were simply dreadful, and it was galling to hear coach Ashley Giles and captain Stuart Broad putting the display down to complacency. Previous England horror shows Kevin O'Brien March 2011: Kevin O'Brien hits the fastest World Cup century as Ireland chase down 328 to stun England June 2009: Stuart Broad concedes an overthrow off the last ball as hosts England lose by four wickets to Netherlands at Lord's in the W ...
Netherlands beating England in Fifa World Cup, understandable. But in cricket. This is ridiculous. The English cricket team are to England what Bafana Bafana are to South Africa. A bunch of losers.
Obasi Promises World Cup Exploits -Schalke Star Scores One, Gets Assist -Eneramo Also Scores, Yobo Missing Schalke 04 of Germany star, Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi (Edu) was on song with another goal and an assist for his German Bundesliga club at the weekend and quickly declared that he is capable of taking such brilliant form into Brazil 2014 World Cup action for Nigeria if selected by Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi. Obasi, the only Nigerian player to have starred in all four levels of FIFA’s global soccer competitions, was a handful for Hertha Berlin in 84 minutes of action on Saturday, as he posted a man-of-the-match display for Schalke, with a goal and assisted Klass Hunterlar for the second of his side’s 2-0 win. After excelling at Finland 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Holland 2005 World Youth Championship and Beijing 2008 Olympics, Obasi featured at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Though a series of injuries stopped him from starring for the Eagles since Keshi took charge three years ago, Obasi ...
Prediction of my bookie... T20 World Cup Final will be played between South Africa and West Indies ... :)
I need tickets for the South Africa vs India semifinal. Since its the Proteas, my favorite team since 1999, I am willing to break my word and buy tickets. 1 k max and I prefer Grand Stand. Other tickets will work too, I believe I know enough volunteers to get me into Grand Stand with other tickets, just like the Quarter Final of the 2011 World Cup. So if anyone can provide me tickets, that person will get a treat at Nando's. If that person goes to the stadium with me, he/she will be treated in the stadium as well :) Newaz Masud Andy and Emranul Alam please check this :P Get me a ticket somehow.
OH, MIKEL! The day Jose Mourinho signed Matic, I lamented here that our own Mikel Obi's Chelsea days were over. But Chelsea fans, ever interested in mouthy exchanges, told me to mind my business. I wondered what could qualify better as my business when Nigeria's 2014 World Cup participation was in jeopardy! To win the Nations Cup in South Africa, Stephen Keshi anchored an average squad on Mikel and the ex-Chelsea regular showed why he was the main stay in Chelsea's back-to-back European triumphs. But Mourinho, just because Man City has Yaya Toure, decided he needed his own Yaya to stand any chance of winning the EPL. So, the Portuguese wittingly concluded to end the career of Mikel, who was in same playing mold with Yaya before the same Mourinho turned him into a robotic stationery, with instructions to sit deep, break up play, guide it with strength, pass to the nearest man but never near the centre line! Well, I pray Chelsea goes trophy-less this season so that Mourinho will come to grips that Mikel was ...
This is truth: Did u guys remember India lost to South Africa and New Zealand without even a single win. At that time everyone was saying Dhoni should be removed from captainship and Suresh Raina was not able to make runs as well people said Raina should be removed. Now, India is winning consecutively and is the 1st team to enter Semis. People now say that Dhoni should be the captain in 2015 World Cup as well and Suresh Raina is the backbone of Indian team..
South Africa have won 3 close matches in a World Cup.
South Africa booked their semifinal berth with a superb 3 run victory over England in the T20 World Cup at...
T20 World Cup RESULT: South Africa defeat England by 3 runs to advance to the semi-finals
South Africa is the 2nd Team after India who Qualified to T20 World Cup Semi Final. Moreover, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Pakistan & New Zealand are still alive in the tournament to join India & South Africa.
Super Sporty Saturday. Awesome day of sport when your teams are successful. South Africa beats England in the T20 World Cup to qualify for the next round; Sharks beat the Waratahs in rugby; Palace beat Chelsea.
Who is the greatest Indian captain ever: Dhoni or Ganguly? I have some stats about both their captaincy: •Ganguly bet the Aussie side which had so many great players like hayden, vaugh, mcgrath, warne, brett lee, gilly, ponting,etc 1-1 in australia whereas Dhoni got whitewashed 4-0 to a much depleted Aussie team. •When ganguly was captain all teams including Zimbabwe & NZ were strong... now only England & South Africa are strong... Also 80 % of those 22 wins of Dhoni in test are played at home. whereas ganguly played more than 60% of his matches overseas. •Captaincy record outside India: Ganguly:11 wins in 28 matches & batting average 66.66 Dhoni:5 wins in 18 matches & batting average 31.85 •I repeat again,ganguly had double the batting average than Dhoni in overseas test matches & ganguly was no different, he too batted at no.5 or no.6 only. •Dhoni won India the first T20 World Cup, but later on he couldn't even take India to semis in the next 3 World Cups followed by that.And 8-0 whitewashes t ...
Mikel, Moses have nothing to prove Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi and on-loan Liverpool forward Victor Moses have nothing to prove to Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi to guarantee their place in his World Cup squad, says Atlanta ’96 gold medallist Joseph Dosu. Although Keshi says he is worried that the duo have become benchwarmers in their Premier League clubs, he is set to keep faith with the players who were instrumental in Nigeria’s South Africa 2013 Africa Cup of Nations triumph. “It’s quite unfortunate that Mikel and Moses are not playing regularly for their clubs at the moment and I cannot influence that. I was a victim of the same circumstance when I was playing in Belgium, but I still retained my place in the national team,” Keshi said at a media event in Lagos during the week. “Mikel and Moses are not kids in the game of football. So, they don’t need to be taught the rudiments of the game. The truth is that I need them in the team because they’re quality players.” Keshi’s position .. ...
Shahid Afridi makes 51 and picks up 2-16 in a match winning performance against South Africa in the 2009 T20 World Cup Semi Final in England.
T20 World Cup, South Africa v/s New Zealand, NZ need 7 runs to win with 6 balls to go & with 5 wickets in hand. Ross Taylor is batting on 62. Dale Steyn to ball the last over & guess what.SA won by 3 runs !!! What an over.gave 3 runs & took 3 wickets.the very best of competitive sporting action.
NEWS AT NINE: THE HEADLINES: *Malaysian Prime Minister says the missing airliner MH370 with 239 people on board crashed into Southern Indian Ocean. *Supreme Court directs Centre to withdraw all orders making Aadhaar mandatory; Directs UIDAI not to share personal data collected by it with any government agency. *Mumbai court frames additional charges for enhanced punishment in Shakti mills photojournalist gangrape case; Three convicts face capital punishment. *BJP leader Jaswant Singh says Rajnath Singh and Vasundhara Raje responsible for denial of ticket to him; Files nomination from Barmer as an Independent. *Sensex scales new historic high; Investments through participatory notes surge to the highest level in three months. *An Egyptian court sentences to death 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. And in ICC Twenty-20 Cricket World Cup: *South Africa beat New Zealand by two runs at Chittagong, Bangladesh.
The court decision that changed my life... Forever (Part 4). It was January 1994, I was in South Africa on one of my "spy missions" watching MTN and Vodacom roll out the first GSM networks in South Africa when I received the phone call from Zimbabwe. It was Antony Eastwood, "The High Court, has declared that PTC does not have a monopoly over cell phones. They have ordered that they should give you the frequencies immediately and you can begin your business. CONGRATULATIONS , YOU HAVE WON!" Yes, I could roll out a cell phone network in Zimbabwe! However, within two weeks the PTC appealed to the Zimbabwe Supreme Court. I was stopped from proceeding until this Apex Court could hear the case and give its ruling. Six more months. Nigeria had been doing really well in the World Cup in June 1994, and I was an avid supporter of the Green Eagles. I was watching them play Argentina when a call came that I had to be at the Supreme Court to hear the verdict on PTC's appeal the following day. The Supreme Court of Zimb ...
It was 22 years ago on the day that England got past South Africa thanks to the rain rule during the 1992 World Cup.
South Africa take on Sri Lanka today T20 Cricket World Cup all the best to the proteas.
Umm “Who was the 'Head Boy' at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa?
had Nepal been able to take the Bangladesh's chase to the 19th over only, we could have qualified for the super stage. its not the first time Nepal has been ruled out for the net run rate. the U-19 World Cup team was also out for the same reason after defeating giant like South Africa, and that was in Bangladesh too. what a coincidence!!!? LOL
Netherlands vs. Spain Round: Final Venue & Date: Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11th July, 2010 After mesmerizing spectators with a month-long brilliant and tactical display of football, two teams entered the Final of 2010 World Cup. One thing was sure – world football was going to see a new champion. Netherlands was in the final for the third time and after a gap of 32 years. Spain, after being crowned the Champions of Europe in 2008, was attempting a rare double in their maiden World Cup Final appearance. Spain were favorites after their superlative display of passing football in the semis where they virtually made the mighty Germans look pedestrian. But the Dutch started the game with aggression, actually a lot of it. Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk had realized that the Orange would not stand a chance of winning the game if they allowed Spain to dictate the game with their impeccable passing rhythm. So from the very onset of the match, the Dutch were going hard at Spanish players. Sometimes ...
Messi: "You need the luck of the champions in order to win the World Cup, just like Spain had in South Africa"
Ghana's government has approved a World Cup budget of $9.6m, about half the amount they spent for the 2010 finals in South Africa.
Michael Jackson’s close South African friends have revealed that the king of pop loved the country so much that he planned to retire here and wanted to help pen the music for the 2010 World Cup song. Speaking from his home in New York yesterday,Gerry Inzerello,Sol Kerzner’s right-hand man,spoke of the “great sadness” felt by himself and his wife Prudence Solomon,the former Miss South Africa and SABC presenter. Jackson was the best man at their Cape Town wedding. According to media reports at the time,Inzerello said: "Ask Michael which is his favourite country,he’ll undoubtedly say South Africa.This place inspires him." Inzerello,who was in Cape Town for the opening of the One & Only hotel earlier this year,confirmed this in the telephonic interview. “South Africa was his second home.He had a special relationship with it. He loved South Africa and he loved Madiba. "Three months ago he told me when he was semi-retired and his third son,Prince Michael Jr,was a little older he planned on relocatin ...
The World Cup season kicks off in South Africa on April 12. Get set for the MTB action to come.
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The crowd in National stadium today is way more than the crowd that saw the World Cup Final match in South Africa."...Sad...
Good Morning world! Lots of news to get through before we can enjoy the weekend, beginning with a fun fact, which is that your kitchen sink, filled with salmonella and bacteria, is dirtier than your toilet. The Harlem building collapses now sadly has a death toll of 8 and possibly counting, and Rio de Janeiro has now granted its citizens 3 public holidays to ease traffic congestion during the World Cup. This will be an economic hit in the billions but is deemed necessary in the wake of the mess about to engulf the already overcrowded city. A school played Justin Beiber songs over the loudspeaker to get kids to donate $509 to helping a school in Ghana, before they would stop playing the song. It worked and the kids ended up donating over $1,000, lol. The man accused of killing another in a movie theatre cause they were texting, was also texting before shooting his victim. This is just sad. Olympian Oscar Pitorious' murder trial is under way in South Africa. President Obama may have ordered a cyberattack on ...
How they qualified England finished top of European Group H to reach the 2014 Fifa World Cup™ after securing victory on the final matchday against Poland, banishing the demons of four decades earlier when a draw against the same opponents saw the Three Lions miss out on the 1974 tournament. The road to Brazil 2014 was not as smooth as their campaign to reach South Africa, where they won nine of their ten matches on the way to the 2010 finals. Even though Roy Hodgson guided his side to an undefeated campaign, automatic qualification evaded England until the final match at Wembley. Two draws against closest rivals Ukraine, as well as stalemates in Warsaw and Podogorica, left England fans nervous until captain Steven Gerrard put the home match against Poland beyond doubt with a late goal to double his side's advantage and seal qualification. FIFA World Cup Finals history England have appeared at 13 editions of the Fifa World Cup, including seven of the last eight. They were below-par at South Africa in 201 ...
By Segun Oniyide Stephen Keshi Super Eagles coach admitted his facing selection Problems ahead of the World Cup, but added he is happy it is so, “It’s going to be very difficult because Nigeria is blessed with a lot of good players,” said Keshi. He said I just pray we pick the right players because even the new ones are pushing hard for a place. It’s a good development for us, but it would give us serious headache to pick the right squad for the country but that is what we want that we have options.” Keshi has kept faith with the core of the team who won a third Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa last year, but several others outside this group have been pushing for consideration recently. And the likes of Victor Anichebe and Osaze Odemwingie could well earn a recall, Nigeria are to submit a 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup latest May 13. The Eagles ca ...
Does this picture mean that South Africa is the last African country to host the Fifa World Cup? This is an insult
23:11 Welcome to the 1st Twenty20 International between South Africa and Australia at Port Elizabeth. 23:12 Unfortunately mother nature is playing a huge role in today's fixture as rain has been falling all day at the ground with cover blanketing the field 23:13 This series shapes as an important one for both sides as they prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup as both squads look to work their best XI out and get some form leading into the event 23:14 South Africa's squad for the series includes du Plessis (capt), Abbott, Amla, Behardien, de Kock (wk), AB de Villiers, Duminy, Hendricks, Tahir, Miller, A Morkel, M Morkel, Parnell, Phangiso, Steyn and Tsotsobe 23:14 Australia have George Bailey (capt), Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin (wk), Moises Henriques, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White 23:15 Australia have a mixture of old and new faces joining the side as their world ranking h ...
-AUS.WIN.THA.MTCH-RSA vs AUS, Port Elizabeth Start delayed due to wet outfield. Scheduled time was 12:30 GMT, Mar 09 Download fast free mobile browser. Commentary 13:52 Local Time, 11:52 GMT, 17:22 IST: Good news. Seems like the rain has eased up. They are in the process of removing the covers... 13:48 Local Time, 11:48 GMT, 17:18 IST: Sadly, the weather in Port Elizabeth is disapponting. It has been pouring for quite a while now and the rain has not relented. The covers are firmly in place. There is no news on the start time yet. We will bring you the updates as they come. Stay tuned. 13:45 Local Time, 11:45 GMT, 17:15 IST: After a thrilling three-match Test series, South Africa and Australia lock horns in the 1st T20I game today. Given the fact that the T20 World Cup is just a few days away, the significance of this game cannot be undermined. Although, Australia came on top in the Tests, a new format and a revamped team may offer South Africa the golden opportunity to inch ahead. Dale Steyn, suffering f ...
In preparation for the T20 World Cup which is fast approaching, South Africa and Australia switch from the red...
Graeme Smith set for 100th Test as South Africa's captain South Africa's Graeme Smith will become the first cricketer to captain in 100 Tests when he leads his team out in the first Test against Pakistan on Friday. Smith, who will also be celebrating his 32nd birthday, has led his side to the top of the world rankings and made 26 centuries in his 10 years as skipper. "I don't think [his feat] will be achieved again very soon, if ever," said team-mate Jacques Kallis. Sports minister Fikile Mbalula said Smith was "in a league of his own". Graeme Smith's Test record Graeme Smith Tests: 107 Runs: 8,624 Average: 49.28 Highest score: 277 Centuries: 26 Tests as captain: 99 (including one leading World XI) "All South Africans are proud of him," he added. In 2003, Smith became his country's youngest Test captain when he led the Proteas against Bangladesh at the age of 22 years and 82 days, taking the helm in the wake of Shaun *** s resignation following that year's home World Cup. He guided them to the top of ...
This is how the dream of Awaambe Sports Academy was natured. Germany 2006 when as a Broadcast Sports Journalist I covered the World Cup. The dream which was pregnant in 1998 when I worked with Herbert Mensah and Kwabena Yeboah of GTV Sports Highlites fame, was intensely considered in 23.Apt6H, East Tremont, the Bronx, New York, USA. it was further given a boost at Muzinda, Pretoria, South Africa in 2010. The trigger, was my 2years of service as Spokesperson, Marketing And supporter Manager at Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC. This dream will not, and should not die. I urge all an sundry a sports fun to root behind the Awaambe Sports Academy as we strive to make strides towards contributing our bit to Buluk and Ghana sports. Folks, sports is Huge.
South African President Jacob Zuma has decided not to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of match-fixing involving the national team ahead of the 2010 World Cup. presidency issued a statement on Friday confirming the investigation will be done by world soccer body instead. The decision comes 18 months after a commission had been mooted by sports minister Fikile Mbalula following newspaper reports that several home friendlies played by South Africa had been fixed before the country hosted the finals. Fifa said Last November it would be taking over the investigation because of government inaction, an announcement condemned by Mbalula.
Nigerian international Felix Owolabi has exclusively divulged to supersport.com that star striker Ikechukwu Uche must be recalled to the Super Eagles squad ahead of this year's World Cup in Brazil. Since the 2013 Nations Cup, in which Nigeria were crowned champions in South Africa, Uche has been overlooked by the Super Eagles' gaffer, Stephen Keshi. But Owolabi believes that the African Champions would have a disastrous outing in Brazil should Uche miss the World Cup. Last week, Keshi was quoted to have said that the Villarreal striker would not be given any chance in his squad, claiming that Uche is not a disciplined player. Owolabi urged Keshi to temper his decision on Uche's matter with mercy, stressing that the attacker would be of great advantage to Nigeria in Brazil. Owolabi, who was part of the Nigerian squad that played at the 1978 Nations Cup, added that Uche is the best striker Nigeria has at the moment and that his form in Europe this term cannot be overlooked. “I can tell you that Uche is th ...
All 32 qualified 2014 Fifa World Cup teams played in a busy day of international friendlies across the globe. How did YOUR country do? Read our review of all the action here. With fewer than 100 days to go until the start of the 2014 Fifa World Cup™, numerous participants were in friendly action on Wednesday, including Argentina, who drew 0-0 with Romania, and host nation Brazil, who put five goals past South Africa in Johannesburg. Among the fixtures involving two qualified teams, Spain defeated Italy (1-0), Portugal saw off Cameroon 5-1 in Leiria, France confirmed their return to form with an impressive 2-0 victory over the Netherlands, and Germany were forced to dig deep to beat Chile. England, meanwhile, overcame Denmark 1-0. The big match Spain 1-0 Italy Goal: Pedro 63' The final score in Madrid did not truly reflect the general intensity or the quality of play exhibited during this closely contested warm-up between the winners of the last two World Cups. The current holders made the breakthrough i ...
Countdown to 2014 World Cup in Brazil: 99 Days: Brazil defeated South Africa, 5-0, in a friendly match on Wednesday.    
South Africa should just give zlatan side the World Cup spot
After watching 45 minutes of Brazil playing a very poor South Africa side I can already guarantee they will win the World Cup.
After beginning life as a right-back, he was converted into one of the most successful centre-backs in world football over the past decade as he won three Champions Leagues and six La Liga titles with his boyhood club. He was also a key part of the Spanish sides that won the European Championship in 2008 and the country’s first World Cup in 2010, memorably heading home the goal that took his side to the final in South Africa with a 1-0 win over Germany. “Carles is an example for everyone on and off the field,” Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said on Tuesday.
INTERNATIONAL CALL-UPS: WHO IS AWAY? Posted on: Tue 04 Mar 2014 As always, there is plenty of Chelsea representation for the last round of international games before the World Cup squads are announced. Those players whose countries have qualified for Brazil will be hoping to impress their national team managers on Wednesday, while for some of our younger players competitive action awaits. England host Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday evening, with Frank Lampard, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole all in Roy Hodgson's squad for the game. It is the final time the Three Lions will take to the pitch before the England boss names his provisional squad in mid-May, with the final 23 set to be announced after the friendly with Peru on 30 May. All four of our Brazilians - Ramires, Oscar, David Luiz and Willian - have been selected in Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad for a friendly with South Africa in Johannesburg on Wednesday. It is expected to be the Selação's final game away from home soil before the challenge of winning ...
Minister Mbalula visits Bafana Bafana Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, the Honourable Fikile Mbalula visited Bafana Bafana at the team hotel to wish them luck. South Africa will face five-time World Champions Brazil in an international friendly match on Wednesday, 5 March 2014 at FNB Stadium. “I am here to encourage you to do well and I think this is the most representative squad of Bafana Bafana with all overseas-based players. I want you to do the nation proud by giving Brazil a tough match. “We know that they are champions (having won the World Cup five times) but I believe we can put up a very good fight against them. We are a winning nation as we have shown when we beat European and World Champions Spain, and our Under 19 cricket team have just proven that by winning the ICC U19 World Cup recently. “I know this team will bounce back when they face Brazil on Wednesday. I also urge Fellow South Africans to come and fill the FNB Stadium to support the national team as they will be re ...
An opening batsman and a more than decent off spinner, Mohammad Hafeez came into the Pakistan side after their early exit from the 2003 World Cup. He made a promising start to his Test career, scoring a half century on debut against Bangladesh and following it up with a century in the next match. However, his form in ODIs suffered a dip towards the end of the year, and he was left out of the Test side as well. Despite being dropped, Hafeez remained in the sidelines and continued to score heavily in the domestic circuit. He returned to the ODI squad in 2005 but did not impress with the bat. He returned to the Test squad in the Oval Test in 2006, and scored 95 runs, which helped him retain his spot for the home series against West Indies later that year. He did well against the West Indies, but consistent failures against South Africa in early 2007 made him lose his spot again. Hafeez had to wait for another 3 years before he returned to the side in the World T20 Championships, 2010. His form was poor as he ...
Best of luck to u19 Pakistan cricket team playing against South Africa in u19 World Cup Final. Make us proud buddies
Pakistan U19 ready to seize third time World Cup title by beating South Africa
The new anthem of The North Korean World Cup Squad. The song celebrates them taking part in the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. The first time they have...
I wonder if there's a u19 World Cup for soccer cause South Africa are doing well in the u19 Cricket World Cup boys are in the Semi Final
Africa United (12) is being shown at the Mission tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 2 pm. Free admission. The film tells the story of a group of children from Rwanda determined to get to the World Cup in South Africa; on the journey we see something of what life can be like for children in different parts of Africa. The showing of the film is part of the ongoing fundraising to support two teams from Nicaragua to take part in the Street Child World Cup in Rio next month.
Good luck to Damien Mortimer playing for vs South Africa in the u19 World Cup Semi Final today. Go well mate.
Glad south Africa are entering the next RL World Cup! Never understood why they aren't a big RL nation.
SOURCE FROM GHANAWEB. The Millennium Supporters Union of Ghana (MISUGHA) has endorsed African Origin Travel and Sports Tourism as the most reliable and cheapest charging agency with the track record to fly football fans to Brazil for the World Cup. At a well attended press conference on Thursday to lay out their travel itinerary for the year, Alhaji Sambo, the General Secretary said they have put in advance preparations for the Black Stars friendly games against Montenegro and Holland on March 5th and May 31st , 2014 respectively, the FIFA U17 Girls Tournament in Costa Rica currently in process, the FIFA U20 in Canada from August 5th to 24th, 2014, the Fifa World Cup in Brazil between June 12th and July 13th, 2014 and the Commonwealth Games in Scotland from July 23rd to August 3rd, 2014. He noted that African Origin and Travel Matters have offered them golden services at the 2013 African Nations Cup and the recent CHAN in South Africa. Alhaji Sambo congratulated the President of the Ghana Football Associa ...
Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah will scout for the Black Stars coach for the 2014 World Cup Finals. The former Juventus and Fenerbahce star has revealed he has been contacted by national team coach Kwesi Appiah to spy on their opponents. Ghana will face USA, Portugal and Germany at the finals in Brazil this June. Appiah, who captained Ghana at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and played a cameo at the last finals in South Africa, is delighted to assist the technical team. My take Does spying on opponents work in this age of technology? Come to think of it, what spying do the Ghanaians need to do on Ronaldo, Ozil, Lahm, Neur, or Landon Donovan that the video tapes of their games won't avail you? Just thinking aloud...
Here you go league fans .. World Cup coming home .. This just out - NZ, Australia to co-host 2017 World Cup Rugby League’s wave of popularity gathers more momentum this week with the decision to award the 2017 World Cup to New Zealand and Australia as co-hosts. “After last weekend’s successful *** Smith NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park, this announcement is more great news for the game’s fans on both sides of the Tasman,” says NZ Rugby League Chief Executive Phil Holden. “I think the Nines really captured everyone’s imagination and now the Kiwi sporting public has another really big Rugby League event to look forward to.” The New Zealand and Australian national bodies submitted their joint bid at last year’s World Cup in England, and have beaten out the challenge of league dark horse South Africa. The hosting proposal included games in Papua New Guinea, with the possibility of further fixtures staged in other Pacific Islands.
New Zealand international Rory Fallon - who played in the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa - has joined Crawley Town on a contract until the end of the season.
ohannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has on Friday named what he described as his "strongest squad bar none" to face World Cup hosts Brazil at FNB Stadium on Wednesday, March 5. "Fortunately, there were no injuries or other impediments to limit my selection on this very important and exciting occasion," Igesund said. "I have chosen what is largely the same group of players who shocked World Champions Spain with a merited 1-0 victory at the same venue in November last year." Igesund's claim that he had chosen all South Africa's top players for this testing occasion was emphasised by the fact that there was hardly a single dissenting query from a packed audience of media representatives at the squad announcement - in striking contrast to what is the norm on such occasions. "It is not every day that one gets to play against a team that boasts the credentials of five-times World Champions," said the Bafana coach. "This is a great opportunity to continue where we left off against Spain. "We also pe ...
The Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s got their ICC U19 World Cup campaign off to a flying start when they convincingly beat the West Indies by 94 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.   South Africa top the Group C log by virtue of a superior run rate to Zimbabwe, who beat Canada by six wickets.   South Africa did well to post a 198-run total after tough start. They lost two wickets in the first six overs when captain, Aiden Markram was dismissed by Ray Jordan for three in the second over, followed by Clyde Fortuin (4) in the sixth.     Jason Smith and Greg Oldfield brought calm to the innings, adding a valuable 65-run, third-wicket stand before the former was removed by Ramaal Lewis for 29. Oldfield departed for 38 two overs later (27.4) at the hands of the same bowler.   South Africa were 88/4 when Yaseen Valli came to the crease, and went on to make South Africa’s top individual score of 53 off 57 balls. His half-century came at a run a ball, but he lost three batting partne ...
Korean Diplomat Tips Nigeria to Host World Cup :) member of the foreign mission of the Republic of Korea, Nam Hyoung Jun, has tipped Nigeria to host the Fifa World Cup when it is Africa's turn to organise the glamorous competition. The first World Cup competition held in Africa which was a hugely successful spectacle staged in South Africa in 2010. In theory, the World Cup will not come back to Africa until 2030, going by the rotation principle introduced by FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, in 1998 to allow all the confederations to stage the quadrennial event, which until USA '94 and Korea/Japan 2002, alternated between Europe and South America. Nam, who is the First Secretary of the South Korean Embassy in Abuja, told THISDAY that Nigeria is a strategically important country in Africa and should bid when the event returns to the continent in the future. "Nigeria is a very special country. It is the biggest in Africa and is a nation that has potential to become a world force. I feel when the World Cup retur ...
Mexico icon Rafa Marquez talks about his two favourite World Cup memories - both very memorable goals he scored: against Argentina and South Africa at the 20...
STEFAN GARLICKI | BELL Backed South African rider Stefan Garlicki is off to a good start this season, last week he finished 1st at round one of the Western Province DH Series in Vuurberg, South Africa. Look for Stefan to be killing it on the World Cup Circuit this summer.
I didn't want to be a coach - Keshi Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, spoke to 'TANA AIYEJINA on his experience at the recent CHAN in South Africa, World Cup preparations and his time as coach of Togo How would you describe the performance of your team, winning the bronze medal at the just concluded African Nations Championship in South Africa? It was a very good experience for me and I am happy with the performances of the boys. The competition gave the home-based players the opportunity to represent their country. Prior to this competition, it was very difficult for them to represent their country. It's not only in Nigeria alone but most African countries. So, it was a great experience for me, the technical crew and everybody in the team. The highlight of the entire competition was the home-based Eagles coming from 3-0 down to beat Morocco 4-3 in extra time in the quarter-final. How did you feel when your team was down by 3-0? I didn't feel anything. I just felt that if the Moroccans could score three ...
Got some good ICC World Cup tickets last night!! IND V South Africa at Melbourne!!. But screwed up on Ind V Pakistan at Adelaide.
U.S. hotel group Marriott International is piling in to a country whose stunning mountains, beaches and wildlife parks draw more than 9 million tourists a year. The New York-listed chain said last week it was buying South Africa's Protea Hospitality for 2 billion rand ($180 million) in a deal that will make it the largest hotel operator in the Middle East and Africa. The investment is the latest good news for a sector that contributed 252 billion rand - approaching 10 percent of GDP - to South Africa's economy in 2011, the year after the World Cup. Mining contributes only about 6 percent to GDP
New Delhi, Feb 7: The defending champions of the Under-19 World Cup, India, have won all four series they have played since the 2012 tournament in Australia, making them one of the most successful junior teams in the world. The coach and captain, Bharat Arun and Vijay Zol respectively, have said that they will draw confidence from those victories ahead of the 2014 World Cup set to begin next week in the UAE. The present squad came together in July last year for the Top End Series in Darwin, beating the hosts, Australia, comprehensively in the final. That was followed by a short bilateral one-day series in Sri Lanka which India won 2-0. India then hosted a quadrangular tournament in Vizag, with South Africa, Australia and Zimbabwe the other participating teams. India trounced South Africa in the final before heading to the UAE for the U-19 Asia Cup. They maintained their reputation ...
High flying SASOL Banyana Banyana striker, Jermaine Seoposenwe has begun her four-year scholarship at Samford University in Alabama, USA where she will pursue an undergraduate Degree, majoring in Business Studies. Seoposenwe left South Africa a week ago. The Western Cape-born footballer who was playing for Sasol League side, University of Western Cape, will now play for first division side, Bulldogs, in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). With 25 appearances for Banyana Banyana, Seoposenwe has come through the ranks having shone as a youngster at the 2010 Edition of the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup held in Trinidad and Tobago. She was also chosen as the best U17 player at the SAFA Awards in the same year. "As a parent, I am very proud and impressed that she has made a move to the United States where she will get more experience and improve her game. But most importantly she will be able to continue with her studies which is very crucial for her future as she will have something to fall back ...
Australia is expected to play South Africa in its 2014 Fifa World Cup farewell match in Sydney, according to media reports.
KP to get South African nationality, become captain, lead South Africa to 10 World Cup wins
REMINISCENCE --Magical Jay Jay Okocha showed class at France ‘98 World Cup but Eagles falter in the second round again In 1998, Nigeria returned to the World Cup alongside Cameroun, Morocco, Tunisia, and South Africa. Optimism was high due to the hiring of Serbian manager, Bora Milutinovic who replaced Frenchman, Philipe Troussier, months to the start of the Mundial and the return of most of the 1994 squad members. Home grown coach, Shaibu Amodu was at the saddle when the Super Eagles started the qualifiers against Burkina Faso at their slaughter slab; National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.The team ran out 2-0 winners but the bubble burst in the second game with the Eagles struggling to a 1-1 draw against the Harambee Stars of Kenya at the Moi International Sports centre, Kasarani. Amodu was fired and Troussier was brought in by the then Sports minister Jim Nwobodo.Despite the Eagles recording three successive wins against Guinea, Burkina Faso and Kenya, Troussier who made a name for himself in Cote d'Ivoire ...
What did the Soccer World Cup do for Bafana? Lonwabo Marele Cape Town - In two or 10, or even 20 years' time a visitor to South Africa might turn to a football fan and ask: "So, what did that 2010 World Cup do for you?" The South African, with vuvuzela (remember them?) gripped proudly in one hand, could cite increased investment in the country. He or she could maybe say there are more tourists coming than ever before. And, with a satisfied blast on the vuvuzela point out that South Africa has the best stadiums in Africa. "Look at our Soccer City and our Cape Town Stadium." No doubt about that. All valid points, and thanks FIFA. But for now perhaps the most important thing is still lacking. The thing that really makes football followers proud - a winning national team. Nearly four years ago, South Africa was the centre of the football world. Its players bowed out of the World Cup group stage with a bang not a whimper, dancing and singing their way into Free State Stadium on their way to beating former worl ...
• Shun sentiments, use best Eagles• Not too impressed by Eagles’ CHAN outing Former Nigerian International, Willy Okpara has urged Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi to parade the best legs anywhere he could find them for the coming World Cup. Okpara, who is the goalkeeper trainer with his former club, Orlando Pirates of South Africa, said the Eagles handler should try and write his name in gold by parading the best players for the competition that will aid good performance and participation of the country in the world’s most popular tournament. Okpara, who watched the third place match on Saturday, blamed the Nigerian team for not utilising the advantage of one man down from the Ghanaian side which caused the team the final ticket of the competition, He said the same lapses were almost repeated in the third place match against Zimbabwe before Chinonso Obiozor scored the lone goal that won the match for Nigeria. “I want Stephen Keshi to work hard as he has been doing to search through all the nook ...
Queiroz to be named South Africa boss after World Cup, The 60-year-old, who was in charge of Bafana between 2000 and 2002, will take up the post after Iran's campaign in Brazil this summer, Former Manchester United assistant manager Carlos Queiroz is set to take over as South Africa Head Coach after the 2014 World Cup. Quieroz, who led Bafana Bafana from 2000-2002 prior to two spells as Sir Alex Ferguson's No.2 at Old Trafford, has been Iran national team boss since 2011 and guided them to qualification for this summer's finals in Brazil. However, a source within the South African Football Association (Safa) has told LALAS that an agreement has been reached with Quieroz to take the reins of the national team, which will take effect from July this year.
Cricket's ODI family has three new members - UAE, Hong Kong and the Barramundis. Congratulations! World Cup groups are now confirmed. Group A: England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland Group B: South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and UAE
Nigeria kicks off the year brightly again! Libya won 1st silverware expense of Ghana who has lost twice in the CHAN finals! Welcome to special edition of PURELY NAIJA! I say, congratulation to all Nigerians both home and abroad as Super Eagles claimed the bronze after winning 3rd place match 1-0 against Zimbabwe yesterday in the Cape Town. Nigerian also claimed tournament's best as Enugu Rangers left winger, Ejike Uzoenyi won the MVP after he has scooped 3 man of the awards tournament and also scored 3goals with some assists. Super Eagles finally ran away with 2014 CHAN's Fair Play Award. While Bernard Parker of South Africa won tournament's best striker with 4goals. Meanwhile, going down the memory lane, Tresor Mputu of DR Congo won MVP of the inaugural Edition in CIV 2009, while Zouheir Dhaouadi of Tunisia won 2nd Edition's best in Sudan 2011. Nigeria again won 3 medals, what are positives and advantages of CHAN 2014 to our darling Super Eagles as we prepare for World Cup in the summer? Just lets do it ...
His best figures of six for 23 against England came during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. He also claimed six for 59 against Sri Lanka in 2005.
Has Stephen Adams given us a viable option for Brazil? After several months of worrying over the Black Stars’ goalkeeping department ahead of the 2014 World Cup, there seems to be some light at last in Stephen Adams. But has the Aduana Stars shot-stopper really got what we need for Brazil in June? This remains the biggest question but undoubtedly his performance in Ghana’s last two games at the ongoing 2014 CHAN tournament in South Africa has put him in strong contention for a seat in the flight. Just two weeks ago, there was almost no consideration about putting a home-based keeper on the plane to Brazil. Perhaps the only local name that came to mind was a certain Adade Foli who has now been reduced to bench warmer in South Africa. Indeed just hours after Stephen Adams showed Africa some greatness to help Ghana reach the semis in the win over DR Congo, Abukari Damba – a former Ghana national team goalkeeper suggested Adams doesn’t appear matured to him and won’t select him for the World Cup if ...
2010 Fifa World Cup Scramble of Soccer Uniforms With less than a year to go for the 2010 Fifa World Cup football fans around the world are restless and can't wait to hear the first whistle blow! After all, it's a four year wait before one gets to see world class football that's pure magic! And the countdown has begun. This World Cup will be the 19th tournament and it's all set to take place in South Africa. So, keep the 11th of June to the 11th of July aside for some adrenalin pumping action! It will be the first time that the World Cup is being hosted by South Africa. Nine cities across the country are being readied in terms of infrastructure and operations. Thousands of fans and tourists are expected to descend on South Africa to watch their favorite teams take centre stage in their national team uniforms. Overall, an estimated six billion people will watch the matches worldwide. The CEO of the World Cup Organizing Committee, Dr Danny Jordaan admits that it's been a tough road at times, but he finds ins ...
New Zealand v India 2014: 5 Reasons why India lost the ODI series MS Dhoni has a lot to ponder ahead of the 2015 World Cup After a largely successful 2013, especially in ODI cricket, Team India have been taken off their perch as the top ranked ODI team in the world. A dismal showing in South Africa has been followed by an equally poor showing in New Zealand, and barring a few players, none of them have performed to their fullest potential. Here, we take a look at 5 of the biggest reasons why India lost the series. 1. Batting failure You wouldn’t usually say this when the team has scored 270+ in all 4 innings, but on all occasions, they have been aided by their skipper and the lower order. For a team with a bowling attack as weak as India’s, the batsmen need to be more responsible and not throw their wickets away. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have not fired at the top. Virat Kohli has failed in the last two games, and Ajinkya Rahane has not delivered what was expected out of him. 2. Not converting s ...
& Lighting the World Cup. When one of the world’s most exciting sporting events makes its return to Brazil this summer, Stemac, a major generator assembler based in Porto Alegre, will be there to power the event, using Volvo Penta-equipped gensets. This summer, for the first time in more than 60 years, Brazil is hosting the World Cup, football’s biggest, most thrilling global event. If Brazil’s World Cup is anything like the 2010 South Africa event, which saw nearly 3.18 million fans attend 64 matches, Brazil’s 12 stadiums will be jam-packed with throngs of spectators cheering on their home nations. But with all the buzz and excitement over the players, it’s easy to overlook the one thing that keeps the games going and the lights ablaze: electricity. Winning possession With a more-than 50% share of the market and 62 years of experience, Stemac is one of Brazil’s premiere generator set producers. Based in Porto Alegre and with a new manufacturing facility in Itumbiara, Stemac produces around 7, ...
15 Questions for the Coaches Shannon Mac Millan Shannon Mac Millan enjoyed a career with the US National team for 12 years. During that time she won a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and another gold as an alternate for the 2004 Greece Olympics. She also played a vital role in winning the 1999 Women's World Cup and followed that up with a third place finish in the 2003 Women's World Cup. In 2002, Shannon was named the US Soccer Female Athlete of the year. In 2006 Shannon was a member of the US Soccer Envoy that conducted clinics in South Africa emphasizing the value of teamwork, respect, and leadership. Shannon currently holds a USSF National "B" license. Prior to joining the Sharks she was the Assistant Coach for the UCLA Women’s team for two years, 2007-2009, helping lead the Bruins to two final four appearances. She is a 2008 Inductee to San Diego's Breitbard Hall of Champions. Shannon graduated from the University of Portland as a four time All Ame ...
Benni Mccarthy was omitted from South Africa's 2010 World Cup squad for being overweight. He is South Africa's all time highest goal scorer.
Man I can't wait for the World Cup Mexico vs Brazil amazing opening game wow how lucky are we huh just like last World Cups opening game Mexico vs South Africa it brought a tear to my eyes :)
I see South Africa hosting the World Cup again. With the Brasilians striking against the World Cup.
Johannesburg – Like a thunderstorm would undo all the hard work on a car that’s just been through a valet, the Bafana Bafana job has ruined many coaches’ great reputations. As Gordon Igesund and his loyalists try to convince us he’s blameless in Bafana bombing out of the African Nations Championship at the first hurdle, history sadly says otherwise, just as the team’s poor record over the past decade left an indelible mark on his predecessors’ CVs. Igesund failed to lead Bafana to this year’s World Cup, one of the conditions he had agreed to when he took up the job. But while he could get away with the excuse that the damage had already been done when he took over – albeit South Africa failed solely because they lost to Ethiopia in a match in which he was in charge – it is difficult to absolve him of blame for the embarrassment that was the Chan. It is a huge dent on his impressive CV, which includes four domestic league titles with as many clubs. But now he has to walk around with the s ...
How is South Africa doing after the World Cup?
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Four years ago it was Shakira telling the world to "Waka Waka" ahead of South Africa 2010. Now, with Brazil 2014 just months away, FIFA has announced U.S. artist Pitbull will team up with Jennifer Lopez for "We Are One (Ola Ola)," the official song of this year's World Cup.
Home-based Vs Foreign Legion A salient point Stephen Keshi will have to contend with heading into the World Cup is whether to still keep faith with home-based players, as he did for the Nations Cup and Confederations Cup last year, or bow to pressure from critics who believe the country’s league players have not lived up to expectation. Such was the riddle and scorn that visited the home-based players when they lined out with Nigeria’s B-squad for the Championship of African Nations (CHAN), only to lose their first match against Mali and struggled in the second game before getting a famous win against their boogey team, South Africa. Despite finally making it to the quarter-finals of CHAN 2014, many critics are still of a view that the home-based players are not good enough for the World Cup, believing the competition is well beyond their depth. However, the sterling displays by Ejike Uzoenyi, Gbolahan Salami and Rabiu Ali during CHAN 2014 makes a case for home-based players remaining relevant in the ...
Siphiwe Tshabalala with the very first gol of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa!
As Super Eagles of Nigeria confronts the Atlas Lions of Morocco this saturday, it is important to identify their strengths and weaknesses. From their first game against Mali, it was clear that the Nigerians were a shadow of their more foreign-based experienced colleagues. Chigozie Agbim is no doubt the first culprit of the pack. The first goal that went past him off a deflection and the second that breezed through his legs displayed his utter lack of confidence, defensive command, aerial frailty and overall dis-agility versus Mali. These worries repeated against Mozambique with the long range freekick howler and the 18 yard box lazy ill-timed diving that encouraged their second goal. However, we witnessed a resurrected goalee against South Africa, which surprised all including the rejuvenated Chigozie; because the patience of Nigerians were stretched to the temptation of replacing him with the FIFA 2013 U-17 World Cup winning goalee, Dele Alampasu if they had their way. The promise in the defense is ancho ...
Why do Ishant, Rohit still enjoy Dhoni's backing? India's bowlers have conceded 300-plus totals in seven of India's last 14 ODIs, out of which three were in excess of 350, points out Harish Kotian, as the World Champions lose their No 1 ODI ranking. The One Day International series between India, rankied No 1 in the world till Wednesday's defeat in the second game, and the No 8 ranked New Zealand was supposed to be a no-contest, but the World Champions were shocked with back-to-back defeats. Add to this, India's rout in the ODI series in South Africa in December, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his side have lost four one-day games in a row. In the ODI series at home against Australia last winter, India scraped through with a 3-2 margin, winning the last two games on the strength of its batting on flat pitches. With the World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand next year, India are struggling to find the ideal combination. That was not what happened ahead of the last tournament in the sub-continten ...
2010 Fifa World Cup - South Africa Calling! South Africa is ready to welcome the world with open arms, modern infrastructure, breathtaking venues and efficient security. More than 630,000 tickets have already been picked up by fans form 188 countries and they can't wait to put on their football jerseys and cheer their favorite teams! With an expected fan base of 430,000 arriving at South Africa next June, the country is abuzz with activity. Ten world class stadia are being readied for the tournament, of which five are spanking new. Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, located in an area of immaculate beaches, has been declared opened. The stunning Moses Mabhida in Durban with its towering arch that resembles Wembley Stadium even has a cable car that takes you right to the beach front! Polkwane, the land of the upside down baobab tree and the cradle of ancient civilisations, is to be ready with its stadium by October. As will Nelspruit, South Africa's very own Garden of Eden. The fifth stadium, Gre ...
Fifa World Cup goal machine Miroslav Klose is a lethal striker with a flair for finding the net, and he scored four times in South Africa to bring his tally ...
THE CONTROVERSIES OF MR JONATHAN (NIGERIA PRESIDENT) World Cup 2010 In 2010 after the Nigerian football team failed to progress beyond the group stage at Fifa World Cup in South Africa, Jonathan declared a two-year ban on the country's national football team from all international competitions. FIFA, the world football governing body, objected and stated that it would expel Nigeria from world football if the government interfered. Subsequently Jonathan bowed to pressure and lifted the ban.[30] Removal of fuel subsidy On 13 December 2011, the 2012 fiscal year's budget removed any provisions for the existing fuel subsidy.[31] According to a poll carried out by the Alliance for Credible Elections (ACE- Nigeria), 80% of Nigerians opposed the plan to remove the fuel subsidy.[32] On 1 January 2012, the Jonathan administration announced the start of a controversial plan to end fuel subsidies.[33] Many prominent Nigerians spoke out against the removal of fuel subsidy by the Jonathan administration. Former Petrole ...
President Zuma tagged Igesund as the "Great coach".. How can you support a sinking ship?? Same thing happens mos also to his followers,they support a corrupt government and this proves to be me that,on his leadership,South Africa will always go down to every sport and political fraternity...is this a mature statement to make after Bafana Bafana's poor performances since Confederations Cup,World Cup,Afcon and now Chan???
South Africa are ready and willing to help with Hosting the 2014 World Cup if Brazil Stadiums fails to be complete for the World's Showpiece in June. Good at Hosting.
In Case You Missed Monday's Show: Mark Ouma had a report from Cape Town on the African Nations Championship football tournament + Ghana's Head Coach Kwesi Appiah talked about his team's World Cup chances in Brazil + Floyd Mayweather in South Africa. You can check out the audio at this link:
South Africa celebrates Oosthuizen victory Top South African politicians said Sunday that Louis Oosthuizen had done his country proud with his spectacular seven-stroke victory in the British Open. Minister of Sport Makhenkesi Stofile and the country's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), said Oosthuizen's victory earlier in the day at St. Andrews underlined South Africa's credentials as a winning nation in sport. "Coming only days after we had successfully hosted the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Louis Oosthuizen's win of the British Open golf championship in Scotland makes us really proud," Stofile said. "Coupled with Caster Semenya's return to winning ways at the athletics championships in Finland, Oosthuizen's win shows that we are not just champion hosts." Semenya, the women's 800 meter World Champion, won her second consecutive comeback race in Finland on Sunday after being cleared by the International Association of Athletics Federations to return to competition following gender tests. Semenya ...
As pacey and skillful as many Bafana players are, if you can't compete physically, then powerfully built teams like Nigeria will eat you for breakfast, said Parker. We welcome you to another Monday morning on ur popular page, PURELY NAIJA! The experienced South Africa striker, Bernard Parker admitted, Super Eagles were just but physical and too strong for the host nation's disappointing 3-1 loss in Cape Town yesternight. Nigeria who qualified as runners up behind Mali knows their Quarter Final's opponents today when B. Faso takes on Zimbabwa as well as Morocco tackles Uganda. Group B winner will face Nigeria on 26th of this month. Also yesternight, in Spanish Liga, Super Eagles forward, IK Uche keep on telling Stephen Keshi that, he is the right man to do the attacking job for him 2014 World Cup with another eyes catching display for his club, Villarreal when he scored 1 of the 2-0 away win @ Ramon Azeez's UD Almeria. That goal was his 6th in 3games. While his national teammate, Ogenyi Onazi saw red in th ...
Do you know that Mandela made his final public appearance during the South Africa 2010 World Cup closing ceremony?
Draw up the best Eagles Defense Line you can Imagine against South Africa (CHAN 2014) and Bosnia-Herzegovina(FIFA 2014 World Cup).
Nigeria and Ivory Coast dominate African Football. Wait a minute... There's clearly something wrong with this title. I mean, South Africa have better stadiums, most qualified coaches, the best league in Africa and not to mention that most African superstars use the Premier Soccer League as a stepping stone for their careers. Yet week in week out all you hear is Nigeria, Nigeria, Nigeria or Cote d'voire, Cote d'voire, Cote d'voire... Both countries having qualified for the World Cup with their players starring for top European sides, while some of our best players can't even beat Amazulu, Polokwane City or Golden Arrows(No offense) With FIFA and CAF choosing South Africa to host major events, surely there are millions of rands that get pumped into the SAFA bank account. Money that shouldve been used in 2011 to establish academies that wouldve been producing greats by Russia 2018 that would not only impress at the World Cup but also dominate African Football. While we are being upstaged by teams and countri ...
Benni Mccarthy International career McCarthy made his full international debut in a friendly against the Netherlands on 4 June 1997. Along with veteran Egyptian Striker Hossam Hassan, McCarthy was the joint top scorer in the 1998 African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso with seven goals, including four in 13 minutes against Namibia. In addition, he was named Player of the Tournament. The 1998 Fifa World Cup in France was the first time South Africa's national football team had reached the later stages of the competition and McCarthy (then at Ajax) was one of their key players. After a 3–0 defeat against future World Champions France , South Africa played their second game against Denmark. Trailing since the 13th minute, McCarthy tied the game at 1–1 in the 52nd minute and giving South Africa a chance for qualification. However, the third game also ended a draw (against Saudi Arabia), which left the South Africans in third place and eliminated from the competition. The Korea/Japan World Cup saw history r ...
Africa's retired footballers Mark Fish – South Africa A popular figure across Africa during and after the 1996 African Cup, which South Africa hosted and won, Mark Fish, and his generation of players set the benchmark for what is now the Bafana Bafana most people know. One of the best defenders of his time, he played actively in the South African PSL, for Jomo Cosmos, and Orlando Pirates. He had a stint in the Italian Serie A with Lazio, and also and played for a number of English teams including Bolton Wanderers, Ipswich Town, and Charlton. A key part of the success story of South Africa’s bidding for hosting rights to the 2010 World Cup, he is now involved in Charity work, and occasionally appears on television as a football panellist.
Our training sessions are like World Cup Finals: How Gordon Igesund aims to take South Africa all the way in Cape Town, Western Cape
fyi that's a vuvuzela I'm holding the World Cup in South Africa made 'em popular. It sounds like an airhorn.
People of South Africa, after watching highlights of the CAF game, I think it's safe to pretend we in the World Cup. We beat Portugal.
Nelson Mandela congratulating Francois Pienaar, South Africa's captain, on that historic home World Cup win, 1995.
The way South Africa likes to host tournaments next they will create a mini World Cup!
Listening to "Waving Flag" and getting really nostalgic. I miss the simpler days of 2009/10 and the World Cup in South Africa.
Canada 2014: Falconets will beat South Africa to qualify for World Cup
Tonight's edition of Football 360 talks about the Black Princesses defeat to Equatorial Guniea in the first leg of the U.20 World Cup. Are the Local Black Stars ready for their opening game against Congo in the ongoing CHAN tournament in South Africa? Did Yaya Toure deserve to be named the 2013 African best player. FIFA unveils the 2013 best player in the world tomorrow. Is it going to be Messi, Ribery or Ronaldo? Football 360 looks at the performance of the trio over the past year. The European Leagues round-up! Join Nutifafa, Coach Isaac 'Opeele' Boateng and Jesse Kofi Amponsah at 9pm LIVE tonight only on VIASAT 1!
To most fans of US soccer, Ian Darke wasn’t a familiar name when he was hired in 2010 to commentate for ESPN at the World Cup in South Africa. After a debacle in 2006 with ESPN’s embarrassing commentator Dave O’Brien, … Continue reading →As ESPN’s Lead Commentator For World Cup 2014,...
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Falconets Hope For Many Goals In First Leg – Captain Falconets’ captain, Patience Okaeme, said on Wednesday that the team targeted many goals in the first leg of the U-20 Women’s World Cup Final round qualifier against South Africa on Jan. 11, in Abuja. The under-20 female national team captain told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the team would use that as an advantage when meeting their opponents in the return leg in South Africa. READ MORE:
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countries have registered for the qualifying stages of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. The Confederation of African Football revealed that only two of 54 African countries - Somalia and Djibouti - have opted not to enter the competition. As hosts, Morocco qualify automatically for the event which will be held next year from 15 January to 15 February. Caf will meet on 24 January 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa to decide the format for the qualifiers. The qualifiers are being sandwiched into a three-month period after the 2014 World Cup and are divided into a preliminary round and a group stage. (BBC Sport)
KRU Chairman, confirms in the Vodacom Cup, South Africa's 3rd tier tournament after Super Rugby and the Currie Cup. The tournament runs from February to May and will be used to prepare the side for the World Cup qualifiers later in the year.
So much so that the man responsible for Parker's resurrection, Stuart Baxter, believes he is one notch away from being one of the best in Africa. Parker scored seven goals for Bafana Bafana last year, including the winner against World Champions Spain, five of which were in the four World Cup qualifiers. He has scored 19 league goals for Amakhosi since Baxter took over. "I think he is South Africa's best attacking player - I'm not going to say specifically the best centre-forward or wide player but as an all-round attacking player," Baxter said. "If he gets his decision-making correct, in terms of when to play simply and when to show his technique and movement, he will not only become the best we've got but he could be one of the best players on this continent. "His movement is intelligent, his finishing is good when he gets into the box, he is competitive in the air and he has got a great work ethic."
Question 1 - In 1992, two years before the country's firstdemocratic election, Bafana Bafana came into being with a 1-0 victory of whichteam in Durban on 9 July? A – Cameroon Question 2 - In 1999 Australia and South Africa play one ofthe greatest ODI matches of all time as they tied their World Cup semi-final.Who was run out in the final over with the Proteas needing one run for victory? A - Allan Donald Question 3 - Which university hosts the largest rugby clubin the world ? A - Stellenbosch University Question 4 - South Africa hosted the inaugural Twenty20World Cup in September of which year? A – 2007 Question 5 – Bafana Bafana beat Tunisia in the 1996 AfricanNations Cup, hosted here in South Africa. What was the score? A – Bafana Bafana 2-0 Tunisia Question 6 – Where, and against who, did Naas Botha play hisfirst test match for South Africa? A – The Wanderers, vs South America. Naas made his debutagainst South America on 26 April 1980 at the Wanderers Stadium, recognised asa cricket ground, ...
The director of football of the Spain team which won the South Africa 2010 World Cup and former international player, Fernando Hierro, is under no illusions about what lies in wait for Vicente Del Bosques side in Brazil.
The roadmap for 2015 World Cup is being prepared. Indian selectors are targeting young pacers by rewarding them for outstanding domestic performances. After the lows in South Africa, India turn towards pacers Ishwar Pandey and Varun Aaron and all-rounder Stuart Binny for New Zealand series.
The Under 19 Cricket World Cup will kick off in the UAE United Arab Emirates on February 14th. The West Indies were placed in Group C with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada and are expected to play on the opening day of the tournament.
CHAN: Nigeria to battle Ethiopia in a warm-up on January 4 in Abuja Ethiopia, who are also bound for CHAN, requested for the friendly and the Nigeria Football Federation have granted their wish, according to Brila FM Radio. Ethiopia are therefore expected to fly in on Friday, January 3 for the test game. Nigeria are drawn in Group A with hosts South Africa, Mali and Mozambique, while Ethiopia are in Group C with Ghana, Congo and Libya. Interestingly, both countries battled it out for a 2014 World Cup ticket in a final playoff in October and November. Coach Stephen Keshi has demanded for a friendly against a national team before the team depart for South Africa on January 7. The CHAN Eagles have played several test games against local club sides including league champions Kano Pillars.
Keshi’s fears for Iheanacho Head Coach of the Nigeria national team coach, Stephen Keshi is unhappy that the best player at the 2013 Fifa Under-17 World Cup, Kelechi Iheanacho will not be part of the Super Eagles side that will compete at the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) in South Africa. Iheanacho was reportedly hurled off to Manchester City earlier this month to undergo trials with the Barclays English Premier League club. However, nothing came out of the trip to Eastlands and the midfielder has now been left in limbo with Keshi declaring that the 17-year-old is no longer in his immediate plans. Keshi, who is one of the first Nigerians to play professionally in Europe, believes Iheanacho’s budding career could be hampered by excessive “external influences.” “External influences have started because he’s a young footballer who needs the right kind of guidance,” Keshi told supersport.com. The former Nigeria captain who played for Lokeren, Anderlecht and Strasbourg also questioned ...
Top 5 Moments for Nigerian football in 2013: Nigerian football had many reasons for celebrations in 2013 – from a fifth World Cup qualification to Vincent Enyeama’s goalkeeping exploits in France. 5: CHAN here we come...at last! After two previous failed attempts, Nigeria finally qualified to play in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2014 in South Africa. Nigeria secured the berth under Stephen Keshi as they beat Cote d'Ivoire 4-3 on aggregate. 4:Enyeama The Unbeatable For a country better known for their strikers, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama broke the trend when he came close to beating the all-time unbeaten run by a goalkeeper in the French Ligue 1 as he went 1062 minutes without letting in a goal for title-chasing Lille. Enyeama did not concede a goal until a Week 17 tie against Bordeaux, when Cameroon’s Landry Nguemo's goal-bound shot was deflected in by Simon Kjaer in the 26th minute. 3:Golden Eaglets set new World Cup record The country’s U17 team under the tutelage of Manu Garba became ...
Selected popular issues in 2013: Egypt: The depose of Mohammed Morsi and the uprising. Kenya: The West gate mall terrorist attack. Nigeria: 'Oga at the top', Fani Kayode, '...go to *** ,Anam ra Election. South Africa: Trial of Oscar Pistorius, Death and burial of Nelson Mandela. Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan. USA: George Zimmerman (Trial) Ariel Castro actions and trial, Boston Marathon bombing and the shutdown drama. North Korea: Threats to South Korea and the execution of Chang Song-thaek. Britain: Killing of Private Lee Rigby in London Global: The entrance of Pope Francis, World Cup qualification matches, America's Spying saga, Edward Snowden's revelations, Birth of Prince George, Deaths of Nelson Mandela and Margaret Hilda Thatcher.
Bernard Parker of South Africa own-goal that ended any chance of the Bafana Bafana playing in the 2014 World Cup.
Too many retirements The year 2013 dawned and starred at the death of Tony Greig, Michael Hussey’s retirement announcement, change in ODI rules and the historic India-Pakistan series. Little did it know that more heart-breaks await. Summing up From an Australian collapse to an Australian victory. That pretty much sums up cricket in 2013. The cricketing year 2013 was a complete package – a whole load of retirements, double Ashes, South Africa becoming the top Test nation, an Australian collapse and revival, IPL and CLT20 continues, match fixing, corruption, several greats inducted into ICC Hall of fame, count down to the 2015 World Cup and many more. Recap A lonely walk to the middle amidst emotional spectators at a distance and a salute to the pitch in his own style, Sachin Tendulkar departed the arena emotionally. His farewell speech left a lump in every fan’s throat. 24 years, 200 Tests, 100 international centuries, 34000 runs and many more achieved by this little man. 2013 – a year of retiremen ...
Did you know? The 2010 Fifa World Cup was the 19th Fifa World Cup, the World Championship for men's national association football teams. It took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The bidding process for hosting the tournament finals was open only to African Nations; in 2004, the international football federation, FIFA, selected South Africa over Egypt and Morocco to become the first African nation to host the finals. The matches were played in 10 stadiums in nine host cities around the country, with the final played at the Soccer City Stadium in South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg. Thirty-two teams were selected for participation via a worldwide qualification tournament that began in August 2007. In the first round of the tournament finals, the teams competed in round-robin groups of four teams for points, with the top two teams in each group proceeding. These sixteen teams advanced to the knockout stage, where three rounds of play decided which teams would participate in the final ...
Harambee Stars of Kenya requested for a friendly with Super Eagles in London on March 5th but the KFF request may not see the light of day as NFF are shopping for tougher opponents on the day as it is only FIFA-free window b4 the World Cup. Meanwhile, the Eagles gaffer, Stephen Keshi has set a Quarter Final target for his team mundial and he is ready to axed 10 players b4 the 1st day of new year as Big Boss prepares to make the final cut on team that will travel to South Africa for CHAN. All the 33players in the Abuja camp are really battling for shirts. Still talking football Nigeriana, former under 23 goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has completed a swith to Sunshine Stars, Akure from Sharks of PH. While 3SC have recalled Tare Oke who was initially released by the Oluyole Warriors. Federation Cup Champs, Enyimba FC made all their playing personnels smilled home yesterday as they were given yuletide break with their match bonuses and salaries paid. Still on League Football, former Kwara Utd and KFA product, ...
Zimbabwe Under 19 cricket team will step up their preparation for next year's World Cup when they travel to Stellenbosch in South Africa for an U19 Franchise Clubs Week next month. This will give c...
Emenike Scores, Promises More Fenerbahçe of Turkey striker, Emmanuel Emenike was on song once again at the weekend but, with his team losing 2-1 away to his former club, Karabükspor, who have fellow-Super Eagles tar, Joseph Akpala on their cards, the Africa Cup of Nations top scorer admits he has to put in much more effort in order to keep himself in top form heading into next year’s World Cup. While Joseph Yobo was not listed for the game, both Nigerian strikers started for their respective sides and, while Akapla was taken off inside three minutes of added time after 90 minutes, Emenike played the entire duration of the encounter, in which he was on target in the first half to increase his season’s tally to six from 15 league games. Although the former Spartak Moscow of Russia attacker, who has also played for FC Cape Town of South Africa, said he is happy that he has been blessed with top form for the better part of this year, he says he cannot afford to take his foot off the throttle. On the con ...
Argentina seek Super Rugby franchise 20 December By Rex Gowar Buenos Aires - Argentina hope to have a Super Rugby franchise from 2016 and will hold talks with senior officials early next year, the national union's (UAR) Communications Manager Guillermo Quevedo said. “There will be a meeting with the Sanzar (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia) nations in March,” Quevedo told Reuters at the launch of a new Pumas marketing drive at UAR headquarters. Establishing one or two franchises in the southern hemisphere's top club competition is seen by Argentina as another step in their growth as a rugby nation, following their outstanding third place at the 2007 World Cup in France. The UAR launched a new badge and team brand this week, in an effort to cash in on the Pumas' selling power. “We pushed the idea that the Pumas should start to walk their own identity path in a similar way to that begun previously by world powers, particularly those in the southern hemisphere like the All Blacks, Springboks and ...
Just three years after South Africa hosted the 2010 Fifa World Cup, its most populous city is reaping the benefits of increased revenue and...
Till 1992 there was no thought about South Africa playing in the World Cup, but Mandela's words changed that immediately. Such was the power of...
South Africa is coming slowly, but surely First we saw Orlando Pirates go all the way to Caf Champions League Final, beating African giants TP Mazembe, Al Ahly, Zamalek and Experance, on the way to final. That was a big achievement for South African Football. Secondly Bafana Bafana defeated number one ranked team Spain, La Roja (Spain) won World Cup in our home soil beating Netherlands 1-0 thanks to Iniesta's goal, in same stadium FNB/Soccer City Stadium. Parker scored the only goal in South Africa's victory over Spain. That was an biggest achievement for South African Football. Amajita South Africa U21 won Cosafa Cup this month beating Kenya on the Casafa final. Shakes Mashaba's boy did not concede even a single goal, the whole tournament. Shakes said they were inspired by Madiba Magic and they were doing it for Baby Jake Motlale. 2014 we are looking forward see this often, we are going to host CHAN January-February tournament, which will be played by African Teams with players playing local (not outside ...
Nsofor Storms Eagles Training …Backs Team For CHAN Honours Locomotov of Moscow striker, Victor Obinna Nsofor, was guest of the CHAN Super Eagles at Tuesday morning training, during which he told all and sundry that he came not only to support the team but to boost their belief of winning the CHAN trophy at a first attempt. Nsofor, who said he came into the country last week says he has been keeping fit daily at the Abuja National Stadium and decided to drop by to encourage his teammates ahead of CHAN. He also declared that he was now 100 per cent fit after he copped an injury in Nigeria’s last World Cup qualifier win against Ethiopia in Calabar. Nsofor was the scorer of Nigeria’s second goal in the 2-0 win. “Coach I’m fit and well and have been training with my club before we went on the winter break”, he told a smiling Stephen Keshi, who congratulated him over his quick recovery and wished him well in his career . Nsofor is one of the players expected to kick-start Nigeria’s preparation fo ...
Lees wat skryf Gavin Rich: Year of the Kiwi and Dodgy Refs: In the two years since winning the World Cup for the second time, New Zealand has managed to do what South Africa failed to do after the triumphs in 1995 and 2007 by following up the achievement with a record that befits their status as champions. Just once have the All Blacks been on the wrong side of a result since they beat France in the deciding game of the 2011 tournament in Auckland, and that was the final game of 2012, when England shocked them at Twickenham on a day where they looked decidedly off colour. In fact, if you look at the Kiwi performances of the past 12 months, it becomes apparent that they are at their most vulnerable in the final match of the year – the closest they came to losing in 2013 was their narrow squeak over Ireland a few weeks ago. But while the All Black domination of world rugby is pretty complete at the moment, and they became the first international side in the professional era to go through a calendar year w ...
Full List Of World Leaders At Nelson Mandela’s Memorial:: The global list of the great and good attending today's memorial event for Nelson Mandela in South Africa reads like a Who's Who of world leaders in politics, business, music and fashion. As tens of thousands of South Africans converged in sorrow, celebration and pride on Soweto's World Cup stadium, they found themselves taking their seats side-by-side with presidents, priests and queens at a memorial service for the global icon. Below is the list of foreign dignitaries - Afghan President Hamid Karzai. - Angolan Vice President Manuel Vincent. - Argentinian Acting President Amado Boudou. - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. - Bahamas' Prime Minister Perry Christie. - Bangladesh's President Abdul Hamid. - Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo and King Philippe. - Benin's President Boni Yayi. - Botswana's President Seretse Ian Khama. - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and three predecessors, including Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. - British Prime M ...
SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan will lead a powerful delegation to the burial of the late global icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela at his Qunu homestead on Sunday. The SAFA President will be accompanied by his deputies, Elvis Shishana, Irvin Khoza (who is also Premier Soccer League chair) and Lucas Nhlapo and will include NEC members Ria Ledwaba, Xolile Nkompela, Anastasia Tsichlas and Pooby Govindasamy. “We as SAFA believe that the high-profile of our delegation is a sincere recognition of the role Nelson Mandela played within our sport,” said Dr Jordaan. “This is the man who played a significant role in South Africa being readmitted back into the FIFA football family soon after his release,” he said. Dr Jordaan said Madiba had also played key roles in the country hosting the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations tournament as well as influencing delegates to vote for South Africa for the successful 2010 World Cup bid. “Most countries would talk about their magnificent stadiums and modern airports and road ...
FREE STATE FINALLY! It’s probably been hard not to notice that the entire world’s attention has been focused on South Africa over the last few days, as mourners and ninety-one world leaders gathered in the FNB Stadium to unite in tribute to a man who became a global symbol of reconciliation, in one of the biggest send-offs in history. Just one hour’s drive south of the South African flagship sports venue, that hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, lies the industrial town of Sasolburg, where this weekend the 2013 UIM F2 World Champion will be crowned. Followers of the F2 World Championship would have seen how over the last couple of months an area located on the banks of the Vaal River has been transformed from scrub land into a purpose built pit complex that will comfortably accommodate the eighteen drivers who have flown in to compete at the fifth and final round of the series that kicked off five months ago in Stockholm, Sweden. With the race weekend coinciding with the day of Nelson Mandela’s ...
South Africa used $5b to host d World Cup: they built stadiums and upgraded all public utilities. OBJ spent $16 on power*coughs…
The end of the year, before breaking up is always a rush, whichever way the economy is. For many people who had plans for this week-end or this week, the death of The Father of our Democracy has now reduced those plans. Everyday, since the death of Nelson Mandela, South African TV shows the history of Nelson Mandela, which is the The Apartheid Years and The Process to the first democratic elections in 1994. It looks like this will be the last that so much will be shown of this history. Someone remarked that our country lost two presidents, Nelson Mandela and Jacob Zuma, while Mandela was praised, Zuma was booed. Besides our forthcoming general elections, there is nothing new that I see people look forward to, besides the Soccer World Cup. This almost seems to me like the end of a period, that started with the release of Nelson Mandela, and now will end with his death. There was the preceding period of his 27 years in Prison, which was different for the oppressor and the oppressed. South Africa has joined ...
Proteas: No 3 stays headache By: Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer Cape Town – Several slightly insecure links in the line-up tightened nicely as South Africa muscled their way to a richly-deserved one-day international series triumph over No 1-ranked India over the last few days. We will never know whether the Proteas would have managed a 3-0 clean sweep as the dead-rubber final contest was cut short by rain at Centurion on Wednesday, but not before centuries from captain AB de Villiers and the quite sensational Quinton de Kock (he clinched a hat-trick of them) had ensured the Indians would have to chase more than 300 for a consolation result in their favour. What could not be doubted at all was the startling level of series dominance of the host nation, who dramatically put behind them the hiccup of crashing 2-1 to Pakistan only a few days before these hostilities began. South Africa do look a team for whom the pieces are coming together once more – conveniently a year before another World Cup -- an ...
Continuing our early analysis of the World Cup groups. Group B: Spain Netherlands Chile Australia Spain topped the Netherlands in the final four years ago, but the Dutch can get revenge in their first game of this World Cup. The Netherlands has had an up and down four years since the encounter in South Africa versus Spain. They flamed out at European Championships in 2012 but they cruised through qualification behind the likes of Robin Van Persie. Spain's pedestal as Kings of Soccer began to wobble after Brazil beat them in the Confederations Cup 2013 championship game but it is hard to vote against the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, and Pique. Chile is a sleeper in the tournament. They beat Spain earlier this year in a friendly and quick players like Alexis Sanchez can't be taken lightly. Though this is a challenging and unpredictable group, one thing is for certain, the seemingly ancient Aussies don't stand much of a chance.
World CuP Spain have chosen Atletico Paranaense's Caju training centre in the south of Brazil as their base for next year's World Cup as they prepare to retain the trophy they won in South Africa. Mild temperatures at the Alfredo Gottardi Centre, known locally as Caju, attracted Spain to Curitiba even though they have to play matches in heat and humidity, including their opening game against the Netherlands in Salvador on 13 June. "Caju in Curitiba will be the headquarters at the World Cup," says a Spanish federation spokesperson.
When Afghanistan football team won the south Asian cup they said it united the nation..when World Cup held in South Africa they said the whole Africa is united in celebration...when second largest sporting event in Asia is held in Myanmar..the country is dividened with different opinions..
My President Zuma speaks during by President Jacob Zuma delivered at the memorial service in honour of former President Nelson Mandela, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg 10 December 2013 Mama Graca Machel, Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela and the entire Mandela family and the abaThembu clan, Excellencies Heads of State and Government, Excellencies Former Heads of State and Government, Deputy Presidents and representatives of governments, Heads of international organisations in all regions of the world, The leadership of the ANC and Alliance partners, Leaders of fraternal political organisations in Africa and abroad, Activists of the former anti-apartheid Movement, Eminent persons, friends of South Africa from all over the world, Fellow South Africans, Sanibonani! Good day! Molweni! Dumelang! South Africans sing a popular freedom song about former President Nelson Mandela. We sing that he is one of a kind, that there is no one quite like him. Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela akekho ofana naye. The song is one of the m ...
Tens of thousands of people have converged in South Africa for the Nelson Mandela's official memorial service on Soweto's World Cup Stadium. The of
now the World knows the real South Africa and not the front they put during the World Cup
BIOGRAPHY Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. His father was Chief Henry Mandela of the Tembu Tribe. Mandela himself was educated at University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand and qualified in law in 1942. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party's apartheid policies after 1948. He went on trial for treason in 1956-1961 and was acquitted in 1961. After the banning of the ANC in 1960, Nelson Mandela argued for the setting up of a military wing within the ANC. In June 1961, the ANC executive considered his proposal on the use of violent tactics and agreed that those members who wished to involve themselves in Mandela's campaign would not be stopped from doing so by the ANC. Left:A woman, surrounded by other people who pay their respects, prays on December 6, 2013 outside the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg following his death in thi ...
CONT-Mandela said in his Nobel acceptance speech at the time: "We live with the hope that as she battles to remake herself, South Africa will be like a microcosm of the new world that is striving to be born." The sounds of horns and cheering filled the stadium. The rain, seen as a blessing among South Africa's majority black population, enthused the crowd. "In our culture the rain is a blessing," said Harry Tshabalala, a driver for the justice ministry. "Only great, great people are memorialized with it. Rain is life. This is perfect weather for us on this occasion." People blew on vuvuzelas, the plastic horn that was widely used during the World Cup soccer tournament in 2010, and sang songs from the era of the anti-apartheid struggle decades ago. "It is a moment of sadness celebrated by song and dance, which is what we South Africans do," said Xolisa Madywabe, CEO of a South African investment firm. The soccer venue was also the spot where Mandela made his last public appearance at the closing ceremony o ...
MUST READ ABOUT ENYEAMA. To many observers, it seems like Enyeama has emerged from nowhere to become one of the stars of the season so far in France. Having initially signed for the club in 2011 before being loaned to Maccabi Tel Aviv last season without having played a Ligue 1 game, it took him until this campaign to break into the Lille team. The departures of Mickaël Landreau last December and then coach Rudi Garcia in the summer helped. New coach René Girard chose Enyeama as his number one ahead of Steeve Elana, and he has not looked back. Enyeama is already 31. He won back-to-back African Champions League titles when with Enyimba and then spent six years in Israel with Bnei Yehuda and Hapoel Tel Aviv before joining Lille. He also starred for the Super Eagles at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In their opening game, they lost 1-0 to Argentina but, as the report on FIFA's website says, the South Americans "might have won by more but for Enyeama". Indeed, Lionel Messi described him as "phenomenal" ...
Around 11,000 troops have been mobilised to ensure security and help with crowd control efforts during the week-long series of funeral events for Nelson Mandela. Up to 70 heads of state and government are expected in South Africa this week, with more than 80,000 people set to attend an impassioned, emotional tribute Tuesday to the country's inspirational first black president at the FNB stadium in Soweto, where he made his last major public appearance for the 2010 World Cup Final. The service is seen as a final chance for grieving South Africans to unite in a mass celebration of Mandela's life ahead of the more formal state funeral. PARLIAMENT TO HONOUR MANDELA Although Mandela had been critically ill for months, the announcement of his death on Thursday night was still a body blow for a country that had looked to his unassailable moral authority as a comforting constant in a time of uncertain social and economic change. Parliament was to meet Monday in Cape Town for a special session to honour the hero w ...
South Africa has been awarded the right to host the 2016 FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup. This follows a two-day...
GILCHRIST TO ENTER ICC HALL OF FAME Australia Test champion Adam Gilchrist will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame later this week. Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis will also have the same honour bestowed upon him, the ICC has confirmed. Gilchrist was one of Australia’s most prolific wicketkeeper-batsmen, having represented his country in 96 Tests in a career that spanned 12 years. He amassed 5,570 Test runs and claimed 416 dismissals behind the stumps, including 379 catches and 37 stumpings. He also captained the Test team on six occasions. He scored 17 Test centuries and 26 half-centuries, while his best performance with the bat came against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2002 when he scored 204 not out in an innings that saw Gilchrist hit 19 boundaries and eight sixes. In the 287 ODIs he played, he amassed 9,619 ODI runs, dismissed batsmen 472 times behind the stumps and captained Australia 17 times. He scored 16 centuries and 55 half-centuries and his best innings in the one-day form ...
h costs prompt PM not to attend Mandela funeral After weeks of scrutiny over lavish personal expenditures, PM back tracks from decision to fly to Mandela funeral, citing NIS 7M price tag. Service to be attended by 70 world leaders, including Iran's Rohani, and Czech PM who was caught saying he did not want to go Moran Azulay Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara will not attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela, apparently because of the high cost of the visit – estimated at around NIS 7 million ($2 million). The announcement came only three hours after Netanyahu's office announced the contrary, despite fears he would be met by angry pro-Palestinian protesters and hints from South Africa that Israeli President Shimon Peres was their preferred choice. Related stories: S. Africans pay tribute to Mandela as world mourns Nelson 'Joseph' Mandela S. African icon Nelson Mandela dies at 95 The Prime Minister's Office also claimed that the short time frame did not allow for the proper security arrangem ...
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Am happy and proud to be alive at this moment at time. Ive experienced th hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup hotested in South Africa. Ive experienced th death of the World Icon Nelson Mandela. Am living in a moment were there are grestest musicians alive; Eminem, Beyonce, Kendric Lemar, Jayzee. I will now experience th vibe of Madiba's funeral, but most importantly am happy to be living at ths moment of a free South Africa...:)
Sport mourns 'miracle man' Mandela Tributes poured in from across the sporting world for Nelson Mandela, who died aged 95 on Thursday, including from the International Olympic Committee, FIFA and a moving valediction from former boxer Muhammad Ali. The heavyweight great said he was ``deeply saddened’’ by the death of the former South Africa president, who had inspired everyone to break barriers and reach for the impossible. ``He made us realise, we are our brother's keeper and that our brothers come in all colours," Ali said in a statement. ``He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through the heavens. He is now forever free." South African rugby also paid its respects to the "miracle" performed by Mandela in uniting his country, partly through his embrace of the Springbok rugby team at the 1995 World Cup. The Nobel Peace Prize winner won over many whites when he donned the jersey of the Springbok - once a ...
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India warded off stiff challenges from Ireland, 2010 Fifa World Cup hosts South Africa and Asian giants Uzbekistan to win the rights from the international football federation.
FIH junior hockey World Cup matches for today. India vs. Canada at 09h00, Australia vs. Spain at 10h25, Argentina vs. France at 12h25, South Africa vs. Malaysia at 14h25. FIH womans hockey league matches later.3rd/4th play-off at 23h45, Finals at 01h55 tomorrow morning
for those who aren’t familiar with Mandela. Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match. His people needed a leader. He gave them a champion. MOVIE INVICTUS must watch .
Good Morning.. our Meteorologist Mark Bordon promises the sun will be out later. A high of 46.. going down to the 20's tonight. Hope you got to see the Empire State Building, it is lit in the colors of the South African flag. I posted Michelle Yu's picture below if you didn't get to see it. Our Dean Meminger, Tim Farrell, and Constantino Diaz-Duran, lead our NY1 contingent in South Africa. Meanwhile a Brooklyn School is being named after Mandela. Here's what else we have. . - A funeral is being held for 34 year old Kisook Ahn of Queens this morning. She was one of four people killed in the Metro North derailment. Friends talk about how beloved she was -Metro North has been ordered to improve its signal system and told to have two employees working in the cab of every train where speed restrictions exist. - the Daily News headline this morning " Ballsy Moves" - Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Carlos Beltran all making big moves. - and the US draw in the World Cup is still making a lot of news.. it' .. ...
The cult of the individual looks likely to rival the spirit of the collective at Brazil 2014, with four formidable footballers standing out in their sides' hopes of glory COMMENT By Ben Hayward It will be a quiz question for years to come. Who won the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup? Spain's success owed more to their passing philosophy and Tiki Taka, while beaten finalists Netherlands were more mechanical than mercurial: a robust clockwork Oranje. In fact, the tournament's best individual player represented neither of those two teams. Instead, it went to Uruguay's Diego Forlan. Forlan was fantastic as the South American side reached the semi-finals in South Africa, but if his choice for the Golden Ball was surprising, it was because no other candidate stood out from the crowd. Lionel Messi made several goals for his team-mates but failed to convert himself and was unable to inspire Diego Maradona's men when it mattered most; Cristiano Ronaldo scored against only North Korea and was isolated as a meek P ...
Ghana: The Ghanaian FA has set coach Kwesi Appiah a target of reaching the semifinals, but that seems unrealistic. No African nation has ever reached the last four of a World Cup, and while Ghana deserved to get that far in South Africa four years ago -- remember the Luis Suarez handball, the subsequent penalty miss and shootout despair -- it’s unlikely they’ll go as far. Their midfield -- comprising the unretired Kevin-Prince Boateng, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien -- is a powerful one, and their attack has pace and skill in the Ayew brothers, Christian Atsu and Asamoah Gyan. However, one fears the back line won’t hold up to much scrutiny.
On Friday, the country's 52 million people absorbed the news that the statesman, a global symbol of reconciliation and peaceful co-existence, had departed forever. Zuma also announced Mandela would be honoured at a December 10 memorial service at Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium, the site of the 2010 World Cup Final. "We will spend the week mourning his passing. We will also spend it celebrating a life well lived," Zuma said. Mandela would be laid to rest at his ancestral village of Qunu, 700 km (450 miles) south of Johannesburg, in a plot where three of his children and other close family members are buried. Despite reassurances from public figures that Mandela's death at 95, while sorrowful, would not halt South Africa's advance from its apartheid past, there were those who expressed unease about the absence of a man famed as a peacemaker. "It's not going to be good, hey! I think it's going to become a more racist country. People will turn on each other and chase foreigners away," said Sharon Qubeka, ...
"After that announcement he dropped a tear and said now I can see my grave, now I can die. He understood the significance of World Cup being played in South Africa for he always believed in the power of sport to unite the Nation" Dr Irvin Khoza.Mokgapa wo mogolo o wele.
Due to the unique way the Ashes has been organised because of the World Cup in Australia next season, England make the return trip down under to take on Australia in the return Ashes battle only three months after their 3-0 triumph in the series on home soil. While England performed magnificently in that series and were deserving winners, 3-0 flattered them. Australia certainly did not perform that poorly, and had it not been for weather and some unfortunately timed batting implosions, the series could have looked a lot tighter – on the scoreboard at least – come the end of the 5th Test at the Oval. Little has changed in the two camps during the last few months: England are still a steady, consistent unit who feel they can win anywhere, while Australia are still faced with questions over their batting depth and their stock of fast bowlers who have again been decimated by injuries; Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird, Patrick Cummins and James Pattinson will all miss most of, if not the entire series. Having ...
Now that we have the draw, its more real. The campaign begins: Germany for life! . "An offensive juggernaut, Germany dominated their UEFA World Cup qualifying group...scoring more goals than any other team on the continent. Joachim Low's squad averaged a ridiculous 3.6 goals per match and will look to continue their onslaught in South Africa."
The riddle wrapped in an enigma tied with a cloak of mystery that is the Fifa World Cup draw is over. The event had all the panache of a Brazilian soccer-themed bar mitzvah held in New Jersey. The 90-minute extravaganza featured its controversial "Pot X," scantily clad maidens, 45-mile security cordons, and a self-satisfied Sepp Blatter who oversaw proceedings with the cloaked menace of President Snow maneuvering around his tributes in the Hunger Games. Once it was over, the draw it produced has left fans of host Brazil and rivals Argentina elated, and those of USA and England reeling. An aching chasm of 187 days must be crossed until the tournament kicks off. Here are five games from today's draw that I can barely wait to watch: June 15: Brazil-Croatia in Sao Paulo While the 2010 World Cup ended with the scene of Nelson Mandela taking to the field in South Africa, which will never be beaten, this game in Sao Paulo is guaranteed to offer a moment of poetic emotion all its own. At the Confederations Cup, F ...
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That espn video with Morgan Freeman as a voice over of Nelson Mandela and the events of the Rugby World Cup in South Africa had me in tears
★★★ Southgate & Gerrard once missed meeting Nelson Mandela because they wanted to sleep in before a friendly ★★★ As the world remembers Nelson Mandela the day after his death, has recalled a story from 2003 in which Gareth Southgate and Steven Gerrard were amongst a group of England players who decided not to meet Madiba because they preferred to sleep in. In May 2003 England were in South Africa to play a friendly against Bafana Bafana, and Mandela used the opportunity to raise the profile of the Rainbow Nation’s bid for the 2010 World Cup. As we now all know South Africa were successful in their bid, in no small part to Mandela’s involvement in the project, however back in 2003 a group of players felt sleeping was more appropriate than meeting one of world history’s most important men. As reported in the Telegraph: For the England players the meeting with Mr Mandela, which was optional, was not the most comfortable addition to their timetable. The team had flown on Tuesday to Durban, v ...
Mandela memories: I recall two things. Performances of the play "The Island" (by Athol Fugard) in Delhi by Hartman de Souza (he was then features editor at Patriot) and his Kenyan lawyer friend Kimamo. I attended several of their performances in the late 1980s, usually for students. The two would bring alive Robben Island near college canteens, under trees, in claustrophobic auditoriums. The second: South Africa winning the 1995 World Cup of rugby. Still don't understand the game, but it was electric to see how Mandela won over the country by the simple gesture of appearing in one of South Africa's symbols of apartheid, the Springboks' green jersey.
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Nelson Mandela: icon of reconciliation and forgiveness The world's most revered statesman, who became a symbol of hope and justice after leading South Africa out of the apartheid era, has died at the age of 95. Channel 4 News looks back at his life. South African statesman Nelson Mandela has died, after suffering a recurrence of a lung infection. Since his high-profile appearance at the World Cup Final in Johannesburg in summer 2010, Mandela appeared increasingly frail. He was admitted to hospital in Johannesburg at the beginning of 2011, and again in January and December 2012, leading to widespread concern about his health. In March he returned to hospital for a check-up and was released on 10 March following a medical test. At the time, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mandela was "well". He retired from public life officially in June 2004 before his 86th birthday, telling his countrymen with characteristic good humour: "Don't call me, I'll call you". Nelson Mandela dies. The former South African ...
In 2004, Nelson Mandela had an unforgettable reaction when South Africa secured rights to host the 2010 World Cup. http:/…
South Africa lost out as Fifa today announced India as hosts of the 2017 Under-17 World Cup.
WC 2014: Africa’s time to shine By Jonty Mark All eyes will be on Bahia, Brazil on Friday, and the draw for the 2014 World Cup Finals. It seems crazy that it is four years since the very same draw was about to take place in Cape Town. I can still clearly remember sitting in the giant hall at the International Convention Centre, as Charlize Theron brought a touch of Hollywood glamour to proceedings, and Bafana Bafana were dealt a tricky-looking draw, one that proved too much for Carlos Alberto Parreira’s men. This time Bafana Bafana fans can only look to Brazil with envy, as South Africa stumbled again in the face of the unfortunate circumstance of having to qualify for a competition. In 2010, it was only really after Bafana had been eliminated, that South African supporters began to adopt Ghana in their numbers, the cringeworthy acronym “BaGhana- BaGhana” taken up by a nation. Now, if supporting the continent is your bag, you can go for BaGhana right from the start, or Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Ca ...
India brace for hostile opener Since March 2011, South Africa and India have played only two ODIs against each other. The first was at the World Cup that India went on to win. South Africa beat the hosts by three wickets in Nagpur, in a match that seemed to indicate they were capable of breaking their major tournament jinx. They staged the perfect chase, going after a target of 297 with ruthlessness. They next met two years and three months later, again at an ICC event that India eventually triumphed in. Again, India batted first and again they piled it on, scoring 331 in Cardiff. Although South Africa came close - they were all out for 305 - they were never really in the game. Both tournaments were Gary Kirsten's last as coach of the respective sides and both teams went through tough withdrawals immediately after he left. India have come out on the other side, following the retirements of senior personnel. South Africa are still in the process of doing the same. Their limited-overs squads took a backseat ...
The overall prize money for the tournament will rise to approximately $560.0 million (R5.6 Billion), around $140m (R1.4 Billion) more than the $420m (R4.2 billion) available in South Africa 2010, when $30m (R300m) was on offer to the winners. It means the winners of next year's tournament in Brazil will pick up around $40m (R400m). "Also, there will be around $70 million (R700m) available to the clubs who provide players for the teams in the World Cup, higher than last time as well."- Jerome Valcke
BRIEF NEWS BEFORE LUNCH-TIME: NKANDLA: Calls for Zuma to repay cost of home upgrades. An independent investigation into the security upgrades undertaken at South African President Jacob Zuma’s rural home has provisionally found he received substantial personal benefits from the work done, a local newspaper has reported. The findings of the report compiled by public protector Thuli Madonsela, which were published by the Mail and Guardian, have caused significant embarrassment to the ruling African National Congress party with general elections only a matter of months away. Since the controversy over the 206 million rand (about €15 million) upgrade arose more than a year ago, Mr Zuma’s government has repeatedly stated the improvements to his rural home in Nklandla, a village in KwaZulu-Natal province, were essential for the president’s security. E-TOLL: South Africa begins Johannesburg road tolls as drivers protest. The electronic-tolling system, or e-tolls, in South Africa’s most populous provinc ...
Why is FIFA bringing the World Cup to South Africa knowing very well we won't get a chance to play for it next year. So mean.
It seems like Brazil 2014 is going to be the World Cup that most expected from South Africa in 2010.
The Fifa World Cup has just landed in South Africa,this time it won't leave this country if you catch my drift...
Quiz: Which was the only undefeated country in the Fifa 2010 World Cup in South Africa? I never met a person who got this …
I see there has been a bit of confusion pertaining next year ICC T20 World Cup - fair enough confusion is part of cricket these days. I will try to simplify it now, The men's World Cup (By the way they run concurently with the ladies'), So the men's World Cup consists of 16 teams, get that one right - 16 teams. Automatic qualification for the Test playing nations- West Indies, India, Bangladesh, Australia, England, South Africa, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Then there is the 6 teams from the associates that played the qualifiers (The final which is on today) - Ireland, Afganistan, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Nepal and United Arab Emirates. So in total we have 16 teams already qualified for the World Cup. So how it will work out... (The confusion part) There is the first round (Please note its not a qualifier to the World Cup, its already the World Cup). The 1st round will have the 2 'strongest' Test playing nations (Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) and the 6 associate teams that played qualifiers. B ...
What ever happen to Asamoah Gyan? I hope he plays in the World Cup next summer, he was a joy to watch back in South Africa. Really great.
Africa at FIFA 2014 World Cup: Substance or Formality WRITTEN BY BOB KANDETU THURSDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2013 06:01 FIVE African Nations will represent Africa in Brazil next year to stake a claim on this most sought after and popu­lar trophy. These are the regulars Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Algeria, and Cameroon. Brazil has been a pow­erhouse of football for generations and has pro­duced football legends the likes of Tostao, Rivelino, Jaisinho, Garrincha and, that immortal of football, Edson de Nascimento, af­fectionately known as Pele of Brazil. Among the later generations, the featured names, such as Romario, Bebeto, Ronaldo, Rival­do, Ronaldinho, leading to more contemporaries like Fabiano, Kaka; Rob­inho to finally settle on the class of Neymar, Marcelo, David Luiz, and Oscar. In the contemporary eco­nomic order, Brazil fea­tures among the BRICS countries of South Africa, China, Russia, India and Brazil, countries that are internationally believed to hold promise for future economic powerhouses, ...
New sponsor for Bafana Bafana Professional services firm, EY South Africa today announced its sponsorship agreement with the South African Football Association (SAFA). As part of the sponsorship agreement, EY is committed to building a better working world, by making a real difference in contributing to the development of the next generation of sport in our country. Ajen Sita, CEO for EY Africa, says: “We are delighted to be an official sponsor to SAFA. EY’s vision of creating the highest performing teams aligns strongly with SAFA’s vision. Teaming - whether in business or sport - inspires people and communities to have a collective vision; EY is showing its commitment to encouraging an environment where businesses can create lasting economic value in their communities.” Dr Danny Jordaan, President of SAFA commented, “Corporate governance in sport is a major area of debate in South Africa and the rest of the world. It is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity.There is nothing more important to S ...
Football World Cup is around the corner we (I and like-minded) get a chance to downpour the over-accrued stress since 2010 after we left (Durban, KwaZulu-Natal )South Africa. It makes me feel.wacha pakae. (Algeria(Mbwa-mwitu wa sahara), Cameroon(Simba wafalme), Ivory Coast(WanaTembo), Ghana(Nyota mweusi) and Nigeria(mwewe hodari); make us proud)
The highest electronically measured speed for a ball bowled by any bowler is 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) by Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) against England on 22 February 2003 in a World Cup match at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa.
What a weekend: Red Arrows came from behind to beat Brave Nchanga Rangers 3 - 1 at Nkoloma. Else where in South Africa, the Shepolopolo girls managed to overcome a troublesome South African U17 team to qualify for World Cup first time ever in 2014 in Costa Rica.
Finally, Aaron Mokoena turns 33 on Monday. He had the honour of captaining host nation South Africa at the 2010 World Cup.
PAKISTAN VS SOUTH AFRICA 1ST ODI PREVIEW SUNDAY 24TH 8:00AM Pakistan produced their best batting effort in six matches to end their winless streak against South Africa and they will fancy doubling up on that on Sunday. The first of three ODIs, in what has been a marathon-run between these two teams, will be played in Cape Town with much less at stake than there was in the Twenty20 matches. The 2015 World Cup is further away than next year's World T20, so this series will just be about the teams finding the right combination, something that is particularly important to the hosts. With veteran allrounder Jacques Kallis back in the mix, South Africa will work around him to *** what their squad may still need ahead of the big event. Pakistan, on the other had, may be looking only as far as ensuring their batting line-up finds the solidity it lacked in UAE. Their focus will be on preventing the collapses that have dogged them recently. They have never beaten South Africa in a bilateral ODI series, but will ...
Good Morning, for those of you who can get out of Christmas shopping with the Mrs, like me, there's one or two live fixtures you may want to watch today. Personally I need to split myself in two somehow today with the Derby and RL World Cup Final kicking off within quarter of an hour of each other! Live Fixture Highlights 12:15 Sheffield Wed v Huddersfield (Championship) Sky Sports 12:45 Everton v Liverpool (Premier League) BT Sport 13:00 New Zealand v England (RLWC Semi Final) BBC 15:30 Australia v Fiji (RLWC Semi Final) BBC 17:30 Dortmund v Bayern Munich (Bundesliga) BT Sport 17:30 West Ham v Chelsea (Premier League) Sky Sports 20:00 France v South Africa (RU International) Sky Sports 20:00 Froch v Groves (Super Middleweight) Sky Box Office
Top Caf coach Ben Koufie has warned Safa, ""You have just beaten the World Champions, Spain, which is no mean achievement, but when it comes to African status, you were not even able to feature among the top 10 teams who vied for the continent's five places at next year's World Cup in Brazil," he said. South Africa won the African Nations Cup in 1996, reached the final in 1998 and were placed third in 2000, but since then, nothing, so there must be something wrong somewhere."
INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL HEADLINES ***Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal will be allowed to face Livorno in the Serie A despite missing two friendlies for Chile. Vidal withdrew from his national team's matches against England and Brazil after injuring his thigh in the second-half of Juventus' 3-0 victory over Napoli on November 10. ***Real Madrid full-back Marcelo has returned to training but is still unsure of when he will make a return to the first team. ***Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied there is a rift between Arsenal and the FA over England's use of Jack Wilshere in two friendlies last week. (The Independent) *** Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has ruled out a move away from the Ethiad despite being linked with Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror) ***Xabi Alonso said he insisted Spain will improve their form before defending their World Cup title after a shock loss to South Africa. The World Cup and European champions suffered the 1-0 friendly defeat to the South Africans on Tuesday after putting i ...
Etzebeth up for IRB award Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is one of five players nominated for the 2013 IRB Player of the Year award. The other nominees are Wales and British & Irish Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny, Italy No 8 Sergio Parisse, All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read and All Blacks wing/centre Ben Smith. Read is the favourite to win the award. The nominees were selected by the independent IRB awards panel, chaired by Australia’s 1999 World Cup-winning captain John Eales. The panel, comprising Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphael Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace, has deliberated on every major Test played in 2013, starting with the opening Six Nations match and culminating with the November internationals. The panel will reconvene after the final Test of the year on 30 November, when the IRB Player of the Year will be selected and announced shortly afterwards. The IRB Coach and Team of the Year winners will also be announced. Previous IRB Player of ...
Aside hosts (South Africa), Africa has the same representatives as the last World Cup. Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Gh…
Many elite coaches (home and abroad) have plied their trade with the Ghana Football Association, to lead our darling national team, the Black Stars. The lads have played the best and entertaining football, followed with good results under some of them to earn the name "Africa Brazil." Congrats to the Ghana Football Association, GFA, for doing a great job, cuz trying to decide who lead the bench is a nigh on impossible. Thumbs up to predecessors, C . K Gyamfi, Osam Duodu, Claude Le Roy, Otto Pfister, et al, and congratulations to Ratomir Dujkovic and Milovan Rajevac for leading us to our first and second World Cup's in Germany(2006) and South Africa (2010) respectively. Ghanaian soccer fans applauded them for a good work done, but it was unfortunate they couldn't deliver the most prestigious trophy in the continent (African Cup), but we appreciated their efforts. Undeniably, I will rank Kwesi Appiah among such coaching luminaries (Dujkovic and Rajevac), cus we're on our way to our third successive World Cu ...
Parker: I'm a professional 2013-11-21 18:09 Maano Nekhavhambe - Sport24 Cape Town - Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker says his professional approach to the game helped him overcome the heartbreak of scoring an own-goal against Ethiopia in a World Cup qualifying game played in Addis Ababa back in June. Bafana suffered a 2-1 defeat which proved decisive in their qualifying campaign, with the Ethiopians going on to advance to the last round of playoffs in September. The Amakhosi goal-poacher made amends for his mistake earlier this week when he scored the winning goal for South Africa against reigning world and European champions, Spain, at the FNB Stadium. Parker did well to compose himself after collecting a through-ball from Oupa Manyisa before flicking it over the already committed Spanish goalkeeper, Victor Valdez, in the 56th minute. It was his 19th goal in Bafana colours and took him past Phil Masinga (18) in South Africa's the top five goal-scorers list. Speaking exclusively to S ...
By Barbara Cole (contracted to the CLIPDC Conference)   South Africa is planning to launch a product, which it has been claimed, will be “far better” than insulin.This was revealed yesterday by Dr Yonah Seleti, the chief director, the Indigenous Knowledge System, the Department of Science and Technology, when he spoke about “Leveraging Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources for Social and Economic Gain.”It will be launched in the next three years, he told delegates at the CLIP DC conference.   And it will be cheaper than insulin, Seleti said in a later interview. It was a “very exciting” development which was why the government was putting money behind it, he said.“We are going to launch it to the world. It will be very competitive,” he predicted.   The research was being done with one of the plants used by a traditional healer in Mpumalanga province and was being carried out at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where Professor Indres Moodley ...
A 'FRIENDLY game means there is no trophy involved,it doesn't mean the game is not serious!!no one wants 2 loose a friendly game 4 de following reasons(1) friendly games r rated by FIFA (2)when friendly games r played other teams r watching to pick up weaknesses. Spain fielded 10 world class players who won de last World Cup n they were beaten fair n square by South Africa!! unamanga if u say Spain was not serious!!!
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'World Cup is nothing without me' - Zlatan Ibrahimovic 'I don't have anything to prove to anyone' -Cristiano Ronaldo Ribery: France realised something extraordinary Barcelona handed Valdes injury blow Del Bosque slams Spain display against South Africa Deschamps extends France contract to 2016 Germany had more quality than England, concedes Hodgson -fefe
Tunisia have written to FIFA, complaining about two Cameroon internationals who helped them qualify for next summer's World Cup. Joel Matip and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting both played in Volker Finke's sides 4-1 play-off victory on Sunday and Tunisian officials have since questioned their eligibility. The complaint is remarkable, given that both players are established internationals and even featured at the 2010 tournament in South Africa. Both were born in Germany and Choupo-Moting played for his birth nation's youth sides, before switching allegiance to the Indomitable Lions. It is thought that any switch would have received official clearance from FIFA. Tunisia have tried their luck with a similar complaint earlier in the campaign, suggesting a Cape Verde player was ineligible, after helping his side to a 2-0 win in a qualifier between the sides. FIFA found the player should have in fact been suspended and awarded Tunisia the three points, meaning they qualified for the play-offs. Cameroon are expected t ...
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A second-half goal by Bernard Parker earned South Africa a shock 1-0 win over European and World Champions Spain in the same stadium where La Roja won the 2010 World Cup. The Kaiser Chiefs forward beat Victor Valdes after 57 minutes to stun Vicente Del Bosque's side, who produced one of their poorest performances in recent memory to lose only their second match in more than three years. Controversy reigned in the final quarter of an hour when Valdes became injured after Del Bosque had made all of his substitutions, but Pepe Reina was allowed to come on and replace the Barcelona goalkeeper, despite protests from the South Africa dugout. Del Bosque fielded a far stronger starting line-up than for the 2-1 win over Equatorial Guinea last Friday, his team featuring seven players who started the World Cup Final in 2010. Yet in spite of their vastly-superior personnel, Spain struggled to impose themselves on their opponents. They took the initiative from kick-off but, aside from two efforts from David Villa that ...
Juan Mata blog Hi everyone! Today I’m not writing you from my house. Today I’m writing from a very special place, a place where I spent just a few nights and my dream came true, something that many people would dream of. I’m referring to Hotel Da Vinci, in the outskirts of Johannesburg, where we arrived a few hours ago from Malabo. It is the same place we stayed at before the World Cup Final, those unforgettable days that ended up in an amazing party. When we landed in South Africa a lot of memories came to mind. When you think about it it’s already been more than three years! Time flies. Luckily, we’re still eager to play and to enjoy football. Hopefully next summer we’ll be able to experience the same in Brazil. Some of my teammates will be there as well. Obi Mikel or Samuel Eto’o, for instance, qualified this weekend, and we will have to wait and see if some others can make it after the play-off ties, which is quite interesting. One of them will be Didier Drogba, I’m very happy for him. ...
Bafana Bafana defender Anele Ngcongca believes that South Africa need not fear World Champions Spain ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly. Gordon Igesund’s Bafana host Spain at FNB Stadium, the venue where the visitors lifted the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “I'm feeling good and excited to play with the World Champions,” said Ngcongca. “There will be nothing special about how we approach the game. It will be about team work and we need and not fear them. “We simply have to believe in our own ability.” While Spain are building towards retaining their title as world champs in Brazil next year, South Africa look to start afresh with Russia 2018 in mind. All the Bafana Bafana players are in camp for the match, including late call-up Tebogo Langerman who has replaced the injured Tsepo Masilela
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