What’s in City Press Sport: Safa’s big break-in; Tim Spirit: Player management is what our coaches lack

Content from City Press Sport, May 1, 2022

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Tim Spirit: Player management is what our coaches lack

I will never forget the one time I had an interview with rising young cricket star Thami Tsolekile in the early 2000s.

I had been to their cricket match at Wits University and after watching him run a few errands before he was knocked out, I wanted to catch him for a brief interview.

As a young journalist, I was delighted to speak to this youngster who was making waves in local cricket. But as I was about to approach him, I was held back by a referee who asked me to let the player “calm down” because he was not in a good state of mind after his dismissal.

Suspended judge: Referees finally have a grip

Over the years, I have noticed a deterioration in officiating standards.

I have noticed the questioning and sometimes violent contestation of referees’ decisions by teams, coaches, managers, spectators and, in some cases, the media. However, lately I have noticed a change for the better.

Side entry: SJN hearings look like missed opportunity after Smith verdict

If losing and having to pay the legal costs of arbitration over racism allegations against their former cricket manager Graeme Smith is anything to see, Cricket SA’s Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) process begins to look like a missed opportunity.

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The great “robbery” of Safa

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The sun goes down for Jomo Cosmos

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Dramatic turn in the preparation of the elections in Safa

In a move likely to shake tongues and spark a backlash in South African football, Safa’s presidential hopeful Ria Ledwaba could be disqualified from running in next month’s election.

What sets Downs apart from their PSL rivals?

Winning the league championship should no longer be seen as an achievement for Mamelodi Sundowns. But securing the DStv Premiership title with four games to spare reaffirmed Sundowns as a dominant force in domestic club football.

Budding Daveyton star earns cowboy stripes in Texas

Last weekend was a big one for USA-based South African soccer player Katlego Ntsabeleng. Daniel Mothowagae profiles little-known midfielder Daveyton in Ekurhuleni, who is making waves for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer

The phenomenon of PSL co-coaches

It’s not something entirely new in domestic professional club football, but there has recently been a spike in the trend of co-coaches in PSL. As it stands, the mighty Mamelodi Sundowns, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are all under tacticians who share the coaching title.

Agnes hopes coaching will change her life for good

This season’s Super League Hollywoodbets marked Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies assistant coach Agnes Nkosi’s first official campaign as a full-time tactician.

Relations between Saru and the EP continue to deteriorate as leaders clash

The fragile relationship between SA Rugby Union (Saru) and Eastern Province (EP) is further crumbling after Saru chairman Mark Alexander harshly reprimanded EP chairman Maasdorp Cannon at the annual meeting from Friday of the main council of the national governing body of rugby in Cape Town.

ASA’s goal is to do better for young female athletes

If there was a theme at the recently concluded SA Senior National Athletics Championships, it was that the kids – especially in women’s events – are coming.

Dambile is ready to fill Bolt’s giant shoes

When sporting goods maker Puma offered sponsorship of Sinesipho Dambile in 2020, it completed the company’s search for “the next big thing” and, in a way, put the sprinter in the shoes of his idol, Usain Bolt.


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