What a Razzmatazz weekend we had, a weekend to celebrate a bunch of winners. Shots were fired from all cylinders, money, cars, bubbly or like the minister Fleekile Mbaweezy(Fikile Mbalula)said “Mumm if you know what I’m talking about” was flowing like the Chennai floods. If you missed out on the S.A Sports Awards and all the “lovely! Lovely!” remarks, I’ll provide a summary and not try to compete with the minister’s long speech that felt longer than the long walk to freedom.
Bloemfontein played host to the S.A Sports Awards, and if I didn’t know better I’d say most of the winners benefited from home ground advantage. Kagiso Rabada took a well deserved newcomer of the year, Bareng-Batho Kortjaas beat me to it as he won sports journalist of the year, sportswoman with disability went to Ilse Hayes, sportsman with disability went to Lucas Sithole, Graham Hill took coach of the year, Springbok Sevens took team of the year, sportswoman award should just be changed to Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio award as she took it again this year, and the biggest winner Mr Trifecta/Mr Benz Wayde van Niekerk took the sportsman, people’s choice as well as sports star of the year award which included R500k and Benz C Class. Congratulations to all the winners.
After the week long international break the PSL got back in action and all teams were in action except Pirates which was playing the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup final. Judging by the score cards it seems like the players had their scoring boots on. Polokwane City edged Platimum Stars 1-0, Wits gave Arrows a math lesson with a 3-2 win, Chiefs and Maritzburg United felt artistic as they drew 1-1, Matsatsantsa did it for Pitori with a 1-0 win over Ajax, Sandawana were also in winning mode with a 3-1 over Free State Stars, Aces drove Clinton Larsen towards “resignation” when they beat Celtic 2-0, Cosmos showed Chippa what it’s made off with a 4-3 win.
Orlando Pirates hosted Tunisian Etoile du Sahel on Saturday night(21-11-2015) for the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup final, they took the lead in the first half with a brilliant goal from Gabuza only to surrender it in the 87th minute, the match ended in a 1-1 draw. The Etoile du Sahel away goal now means Bucs need to be on attacking mode to get an away goal if they still want to be crowned champions. All the best to Bucs, they should go there and play like warriors despite the hostilities they might face and they’ll come back champs.
The Titans are on fire, stop them if you can, they’re proving that it’s not how you start. They’ve won against Warriors, Dolphins as well as Cobras on their way to the top of the log. They now lie first on the log on 25 points, with 1 loss and 6 wins. With 4 matches left can they just get crowned?
In other news…
Clinton Larsen “resigned” as Celtic coach, and is getting his CV ready for the job market. The Boks lost the ABSA sponsorship. Shots were fired during the Mbalula speech, apparently Robert Marawa has a beautiful girl while Mbalula has beautiful wife hmm! levels, Sunette Viljoen also got told she should stop being controversial she’ll get her money. If you failed to get a Christmas gift named The Ministerial Award try your luck with Lotto.
What to look forward to…
With the last match drawn due to rain the Proteas will get another chance to get back in the series as they face India in the 3rd test on Wednesday(25-11-2015). The Titans will play the Warriors in T20 Ram Slam on Saturday(28-11-2015). Pirates will travel to Tunisia with hope to come back champs as they face Etoile du Sahel on Sunday(29-11-2015). No PSL fixtures till December 13th due to S.A U23’s participation in the CAF U23 Afcon in Senegal from 28 November-12 December 2015, Amaglug-glug(U23) will face hosts Senegal in the opening match on Saturday(28-11-2015).
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Edited By: K