“Sports has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language that they understand. Sport can create hope where the was once despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers”. Nelson Mandela.
I cannot begin to write this column without paying tribute and sending my deepest condolences to the Mandela family. As he said in one of his speeches “Death is inevitable.” This weekend is all about national pride. Our two national teams are in action this weekend the Proteas and the Springboks sevens, are both in action.
The Proteas declared the on-going series against India in honour of Mandela. They will play the 2nd match of the three match series on Sunday in Durban. Having won the first match by 141 runs the Proteas will have a lot of confidence coming into this game. India are ranked number one in one day international cricket.
The Springboks sevens will play the IRB sevens leg game at home in Port Elizabeth this weekend. They will be looking to win all their matches. The biggest match will be against Kenya which is coached by the former Springboks sevens coach Paul Treu.
The biggest football match this weekend is the final of the Telkom Knockout between Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars. The match will be played at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit kick-off is at 20h00. The two teams met in the MTN 8 final earlier in the season Stars wining on penalties. Pirates will not want to lose to the same team again, whereas Stars will look to win a second cup in a row. Either way it promises to be a great final.
As I come to conclusion for this week Sports piece just like I began I’d like to take this moment and say may the soul of Tata Nelson Mandela rest in peace and his legacy live for eternity.
By: DANIEL BOYA
Edited By: M.D.B