In City Press Sport on June 6.
Tim Esprit | PSL’s off-screen drama steals the show from real heroes
You know things aren’t right in football when the off-field circus shifts the spotlight on the players. This is what happened in PSL as board politics robbed players of their moment of glory.
Little was said about Sunday night’s DStv Premiership awards as all eyes were on the rush to resolve the crowning of the GladAfrica Championship winners through the courts. There is also the question of the relegation / promotion play-offs …
Side entrance | The new ASA board has a mountain to climb
The temptation was to conclude that the “same old Athletics SA” was in town when its new board held its first press conference this week, especially when its communications manager started the process by mistakenly introducing Enoch Skhosana like Aleck, the recently ousted president. While this is an unfair assumption from this Freudian error, athletics in South Africa has specialized in being the tallest of the nation’s sleeping giants, which would invite the idea that its leaders do the same things over and over and hope for results. With the briefing held less than a month after the election of new chairman James Moloi, it’s obviously too early to say whether the soft-spoken former Central Gauteng Athletics boss will do things differently, but the signs are encouraging.
Ecstasy, relief and see you soon Leopards
Kaizer Chiefs, in the top-eight, highlights the drama of PSL’s last day, but a pending court case threatens promotional play-offs.
It hurts – Thidiela
The relegation of the Black Leopards was a double whammy for club owner David Thidiela. The 70-year-old lost his wife in January and as a result was unable to attend his club’s games as he was observing the usual period of mourning.
Laid off today, hired tomorrow
The recently concluded DStv Premiership campaign has shown once again how thankless a job as a coach can be. Timothy Molobi reflects on the impact of coaching changes.
Sibisi embraces role in new chapter of Bafana
Golden Arrows defenseman Nkosinathi Sibisi is blessed with natural leadership skills and a skillful touch on the ball for a defender. It was only a matter of time before the 25-year-old got the recognition he deserves. Sibisi is part of a new generation of Bafana Bafana players who are taking the national team in a new direction under the leadership of new head coach Hugo Broos, who is committed to putting the youngsters first on the team.
A European Championship revamped for another era
No one will dispute that things have not been the same since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year. It is therefore not surprising that Euro 2020 is different from all the others. Not only is last year’s Euro Championship being played this year, but the month-long tournament, which starts on Friday, is also played in 11 cities across 11 countries, with the four-team finals being staged at the stadium. Wembley in London.
5 stars about to shine at Euro 2020
It is likely that this year’s Euro will see a number of players appear on such a big stage for the last time in their careers. Players like Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, his Portuguese compatriot Pepe (38) and North Macedonian captain Goran Pandev (37) are almost at the end of their careers. But for every older player who says goodbye to the big stage, there is a youngster who is hoping to announce his arrival with a stellar performance – just like 19-year-old Ronaldo did in 2004.
Euro 2020: absent from the action
Although the Euro finals are, for the second time in the history of the competition, made up of 24 teams and UEFA has increased the squad size from three players to 26, a number of better European players will not participate in the competition.
Time is running out for SA under-23s heading to Tokyo
Ideally, national Under-23 coach David Notoane would have preferred to play warm-up matches against opponents with similar profiles to his team at the upcoming Olympics in Japan. The Under-23s were drawn in Group A with Japan, France and 2012 champions Mexico. But, like many other Olympic teams and athletes, Notoane’s preparations have been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic – six weeks away from the team’s opening game against Japan.
Sti Sithole nears summit of unlikely career
The only time Sti Sithole has ever allowed himself to think of an occupation other than rugby is when his mind has fleetingly had the mistaken idea of ââbeing involved in business. But his grades for the class were so prohibitive that the idea was all but abandoned when he was still a teenager. If asked, many who have witnessed the humble beginnings of the present-day Lions breather accessory profession may have come to the conclusion that his chances of succeeding in rugby were as slim as the chances of success. his life as a businessman.
“Elgar is the right man to lead Proteas”
Dean Elgar compiled the vast majority of his 4,260 tests (at 39.81) out of the limelight, pushing his way and making his way up to 13 cents and 16 half centuries from 67 games.
Game number 68, the first in a series of two tests against the West Indies on Thursday, will not offer such relative anonymity. As the new captain of a team now ranked seventh in the world in a format they once pioneered, all eyes will be on Elgar as the long climb to past glories begins in Saint Lucia.
Last roll of the dice for Caster
After two near-failures in his attempt to qualify for the Olympics on these coasts, concerted efforts are still underway to help Caster Semenya secure his ticket to the multicoded centerpiece in Japan.
Semenya is one of the SA team medalists from previous Olympic Games in Brazil – alongside sprinter Wayde van Niekerk – who has yet to reach his qualifying scores for Tokyo.
His longtime overseas-based agent Jukka Harkonen told City Press this week that Europe could be the next step for his client to launch what would be his final attempt at qualifying for the 5,000m race. before the June 29 deadline.
Mokgobu ready to face Kipchoge and the Tokyo heat
South African marathon hopeful Desmond Mokgobu is building on his previous experience of running in the normally merciless temperatures in Asia to take on the heat of the Olympic marathon in a few weeks.
The Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to August 8 – a time that has good reason to be considered the hottest in Japan. Mokgobu considers Japan to be his home, as it is there that he has fond memories of after winning the Beppu-Oita Mainichi marathon three years ago and a top 10 one year later.