As the body of Nelson Mandela embarked on a final journey to its definate resting place at Qunu where the funeral is scheduled for Sunday. The national under20 soccer team embarked on a “Win COSAFA for Madiba” mission when they faced Kenya in the final of COSAFA cup. The game kicked off at 5pm at Setsoto Stadium in Maseru. One could tell the Madiba Magic was present when Amajita went a goal up in the first half, they were eventually crowned COSAFA champions for the 5th time winning 2-0(Ayabulela Magqwka, Siyanda Ngubo), giving Madiba a championship send off, the future of South African soccer looks bright.
The ABSA Premiership will resume on Monday which is a public holiday. The games were postponed until Monday because most of the stadiums were hosting the memorial service of the late Nelson Mandela. Most teams will be in action on Monday pick of the games will be a match between Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.
In cricket, Wednesday will see the start of the test match series between the Proteas and India at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. The Proteas are ranked number one in test cricket. But the Indians will be tough opponents, they come off a test series win at home against West Indies. Although the Indians struggled in the ODI’s a fight back is expected in the test series. The Proteas named an unchanged side for this series.
On Sunday the 15th of December our first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. Madiba saw sports as a nation builder the sports fraternity has lost a great man. Let me take this opportunity to send my deepest condolences to the Matlala family as well may the soul of Baby Jake Matlala rest in peace. Matlala was buried on Friday.
“Sport 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 the youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” – Nelson Mandela
By: DANIEL BOYA
Edited By: M.D.B