2015 has come and gone, in case you’re still in denial there’s 1 day left. If you had goals you would’ve loved to achieve but suffered from a typical case of failure to launch then better luck next year. It’s like a team that has 90% ball possession and had a lot of chances to score but failed to capitalize only to be beaten by 1 goal. To be precise 2015 e go shapile 1-0(2015 beat you 1-0) and ran away with the bragging rights.
This being the last column of the year it makes sense to reflect back on a year it was sports wise for Pretoria and South Africa as a whole, as well as give you a taste of what to expect in 2016. There’s been some shocking, good, sad, razzmatazz/fantastic as well as typical moments.
The typical has to go to the Proteas for chocking once more in the semis by New Zealand again, this guys need a serious inyanga(traditional healer) to undo what the other one’s doings as this seems like another Bafana/Inyanga goals locked in a bottle situation. Talk about Bafana, they also failed to make it past the group stages of AFCON. Orlando Pirates once again made it all the way to the final and failed to win but this time it was for the CAF Confederations Cup. I guess the position for S.A teams sangoma(traditional healer) is still open and salary is highly negotiable.
#Habashwe let’s do this saw Boks go down to Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match, I wish I had evidence that no animal or human was unharmed by this shock. I know Bafana is not like the Brazilian national team but not winning a single match in the AFCON tournament and finishing last was quite shocking.
Pretoria’s finest AB Mdeva(de Villiers) was recently named ODI cricketer of the year in the ICC Cricket Awards, Faf du Plessis won T20 Moment of the Year. Cameron van der Burgh was crowned FINA World Series champ with Chad le Clos finishing second. Titans won the Momentum One Day Cup and look to defend their title, they’ve also recently won the Ram Slam T20 Challenge. Mamelodi Sundowns also recently won the Telkom Knockout Cup. Shine! Plitori(Pretoria) Shine!
With Rio 2016 Olympics looming it’s good to know Banyana Banyana(S.A women’s team), Ama Glug Glug(S.A Under 23 men’s team) and Blitzbokke(S.A Rugby Sevens) have all qualified for RIO 2016. For athletics the likes of Wade van Niekerk, Caster Semenya and others have already qualified, aquatics the usual suspects Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and others have also qualified.
Who can forget Kevin Anderson pulling a David versus Goliath moment on Andy Murray at the US Open which earned him a top 10 ranking, he currently lies 12th in the rankings. What about AB de Villiers’ fastest 50(16) and fastest 100(31)? Bafana bana maan!
We mourned the passing of former Kaizer Chiefs player John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu, Ajax Cape Town’s Cecil Lolo, Free State Star’s Richard Henyekane, as well as former sports administrator Mvuzo Mbembe, may their souls rest in peace and their families be comforted.
What to expect…
The wait is finally over Rio 2016 Olympics will take place from 5-21 August followed by Paralympics in 7-18 September. CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup will start on the 12th of February. Durban will host African Championships in Athletics. The 2016 IAAF Diamond League will start on 6 May-9 September. World Rugby Sevens Series has already started on 4 December 2015 and will end on 22 May 2016. ICC World Twenty20 will start on 11 March-3 April. Winter Youth Olympics will start on 12-21 February. FINA World Swimming Championships will start on 7-11 Dec. The IAAF Diamond League will start on 6 May – 09 September. PSL continues as well as the Proteas versus England series. With such an action packed line up, 2016 promises to be an interesting year in sports.
Wishing all Tsa Pitori readers a prosperous 2015, filled with all kinds of blessings. Let’s us be safe as we observe observe 2015 pass over the baton to 2016.
Edited By: K