Allan Williams

Bafana click for easy win over Zim

A much improved second-half showing earned 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa a 3-0 win over Zimbabwe on Wednesday in their first friendly of the year.

Bafana’s 2010 countdown under way

Expectations will be high when hosts Bafana launch their 2010 World Cup countdown with a friendly against neighbours Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

Major challenges await South Africa on and off field

SA face their biggest challenge since readmission to international football 16 years ago when they host the Fifa Confederations Cup next June.

Bafana get Confederations Cup seeding boost

Hosts South Africa are the sole seeds for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup draw on Saturday despite being the lowest ranked of the eight qualifiers.

Enyimba look to stun al-Ahly

Striker Stephen Worgu claims Nigerian club Enyimba will stun Egyptian giants al-Ahly on Saturday and qualify for the African Champions League final.

Kotoko squeeze into Afcon group phase

Eric Bekoe converted a penalty one minute from full-time on Sunday to squeeze Asante Kotoko of Ghana into the African Confederation Cup group phase.

Togo get taste of their own medicine

World Cup giantkillers Togo got a taste of their own medicine on Sunday when crashing out 2-1 to minnows Swaziland in a 2010 World Cup-African Nations Cup qualifier.

Eto’o helps Cameroon to victory

African superstar Samuel Eto'o overcame an assault claim to score as Cameroon opened their challenge for a record sixth World Cup appearance with a 2-0 win over Cape Verde Islands on Saturday. Barcelona striker Eto'o converted a penalty 10 minutes into the second half in Yaoundé to complete a comfortable triumph set up by an early goal from veteran defender Rigobert Song.

Habana strikes twice for Bulls

World superstar Bryan Habana dotted down twice as Super 14 title holders the Northern Bulls crushed the Central Cheetahs 60-20 in a final-round mini-league match on Saturday. However, the sole South African winners of the championship will not feature in the knockout stages after poor early-season form.

Rose blooms as Lions silence Fitzpatrick criticism

The Lions of South Africa answered harsh criticism from former All Blacks skipper Sean Fitzpatrick with a rousing 33-27 Super 14 triumph over the Waikato Chiefs of New Zealand on Saturday. Legendary hooker Fitzpatrick laid into the South Africans after a heavy loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington last weekend.

Hurricanes blow Bulls off course

An early four-try scoring blitz fashioned a 50-22 Super 14 triumph for Wellington Hurricanes over title holders Northern Bulls on Saturday. ''We were shocking,'' was the blunt assessment of scrumhalf and captain Fourie du Preez as the Bulls returned to their home ground after a dismal four-match Australasia tour.

Cheetahs end Super 14 losing streak

The Cheetahs claimed their first Super 14 win of the season and moved off the bottom of the table by defeating the Queensland Reds 29-14 on Saturday. The Bloemfontein-based franchise also snatched a bonus point when centre JW Jonker scored a breakaway stoppage-time try at a sparsely populated Absa Stadium.

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