If I had to find a line in a song to describe the performance of South African sport teams this week I’d go with Usher’s “you’ve got it you’ve got it bad…”. From the Proteas, to the Boks and the Soweto giants, but none the less Banyana and Stephen Cummings have done their best to salvage the nation’s pride. I guess life wouldn’t be fun if it lacked a bit of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Stephen Cummings

The Good…

Banyana managed to beat Kenya by a goal to nil on Saturday(18-07-2015) in the first leg of the RIO 2016 qualifier. Having not conceded at home it looks good for them heading into the second leg which will be held in Kenya on 2 August 2015. MTN Qhubeka’s Stephen Cummings did it for Madiba, making history by winning the first ever Tour de France stage win for South Africa on Saturday(18-07-2015).

 Lebogang Ramalepe of South Africa celebrates a goal with teammates during the Olympic Qualifier match between South Africa and Kenya  on 18 July 2015 at Dobsonville Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

The Bad…

Protea fire got spitted on by the Tigers, believe it or not the Proteas lost the ODI series 2-1 against Bangladesh when they lost the third and final rain-affected match on Wednesday(15-07-2015). I guess we can console ourselves by saying it happens even to the best of us even India and Pakistan suffered the same fate *lol*.  Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs crushed out of the Kings Cup on penalties against Royal Leopards and Mbabane Swallows respectively, seems like the rivals weren’t in the mood for a derby. The Boks suffered a last minute lapse of concentration when they allowed Australia to come from behind to claim a 24-20 win.

 BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18:  The Springboks wait for the decision on the final try during The Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South Africa Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on July 18, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The Ugly…

This week has been sparked with news of Zamalek wanting to sign Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Eramus, an unknown agent apparently approached the player with an offer of R300k monthly salary and a R20M signing fee enclosed in a letter that had a Zamalek letter. You know what they say never trust any official letter without a stamp, but on a serious note such things are not good and tend to kill our players morale.


The other news…

Mandla Masango, Itumeleng Khune and Tefu Mashamaite are still unemployed. Things not looking good for Swalows as senior players Siyabonga Nomvete and Lefa Tsutsulupa don’t seem keen to play in the NFD, I guess no one wants to retire at an old age home. ASA has named a strong looking team for the IAAF World Championships which will be held Beijing next month, the team contains the likes of Khotso Mokoena, Wayde van Niekerk, Akani Simbine, Henricho Bruintjies, Anaso Jobodwana, Sunette Viljoen, LJ van Zyl and others. Caster Semenya is the surprise exclusion on the team as she failed to run a qualifying time.


What to look forward to…

The IAAF Youth Championships will continue on Sunday(19-07-2015), South Africa will have representation in finals for  relay, Javelin, 200m race and discuss. FINA World Championships will start on Saturday(25-07-2015). TUT will play against TUKS on Thursday(23-07-2015) in the football vasity cup at 18:30. Matsantsa will play against Crystal Palace in the Cape Town Cup on Friday(24-07-2015) at 18:00. Pirates will travel to Tunisia to face CS Sfaxien for CAF Confederations Cup on Saturday(25-07-2015) at 19:30. The Boks will host the All Blacks on Saturday(25-07-2015) for the Rugby Championship at 17:00. The Proteas will start their test series against Bangladesh on Tuesday(21-07-2015).

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Edited By: K

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