Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United progressed to the next rounds of Caf Champions league and the Confederations cup. Kaizer Chiefs won convincingly 7-0 on aggregate against Mozambique side La Malcumana while SuperSport managed 4-2 win on aggregate against AFC Leopards of Kenya. These are good results for both teams who are looking to do well in these competitions.
In the past South African teams didn’t take Caf competitions seriously. There was a constant complain about things like the high cost of travelling and being expensive to play Caf competitions. In 2005 Kaizer Chiefs were banned for three years for refusing to honour a confederations cup fixture against Egyptian club Ismaii.
In recent years there seems to be a change of attitude from South African teams. They now look to do well in these competitions. This will in the long run benefit our players and our national team. Still on the national team Bafana suffered a humiliating defeat against Brazil in an international friendly. The Brazilians put five behind our young goalkeeper Ronwen Williams. Having beaten the world champions Spain at the same venue in November last year Bafana coach was confident of causing another upset.
The Samba boys were too good for us on the night. Former Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was here to preach what he and many other have been preaching for years. Parreira who is currently the technical director of Brazil once spoke about the non existent development structures in our football. Until we sort out our development structures we will continue to struggle in the international stage.
He also raised the point of having too many foreign players in the in the domestic league. I get his point but I don’t have a problem with foreign players if anything I have a problem with the quality of foreign players that our teams are bringing here. If you are going to bring a foreign player into our league he must be better than our local players. My concern is the quality of players that are flocking into our league.
Graeme Smith played his last match for the Cricket national team on Wednesday. The Proteas captain announced his retirement half way the 3rd and final test match against Australia. The Proteas ended up loosing the match. He cited injury problem and his wish to spend more time with his family as his reason to retire.
He ends his career as arguably the most successful test cricket captain in the history of the sport. He has captained the Proteas for a record of 109 times winning 53 of those matches. He led the Proteas to the number one spot on the ICC test rankings. He played 117 test matches scoring 9265 runs with 27 centuries and 38 half centuries with an average of 48.25.
He went on to play 197 one day international matches scoring 6989 runs with 10 centuries and 47 half centuries at an average of 37.98. With stats like this it’s with no doubt that he is one of the legends of the game. I’m sure he would have loved to win the World cup but it wasn’t meant to be farewell Biff.
It was a mixed weekend for South African teams in the super rugby, with the Blue Bulls and Sharks managing to win their matches. On the other hand the Stomers and Cheetahs lost their away matches to the Crusaders and Reds Respectively.
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By: DANIEL BOYA
Edited By: M.D.B