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SA women footballers score string of firsts

Fourteen top players have made it on the international scene

Early NBA season check-in – African Blogtable

Joel Embiid gets the nod, and though Curry has performed well lately, there are doubts that the Warriors will prevail

Why Cameroon is obsessed with hosting the Afcon

The African nation is hoping to use the tournament to paper over the divisions of the Anglophone crisis and the cracks made by a dictator who has ruled for almost four decades. Will it work?

The rare fairytale of Percy Tau

Through much hard work and a bit of good fortune, the South African attacker has converted a potential horror story into magic

Can member-owned football clubs succeed?

Football supporters often fantasise about seizing control of their clubs, sending owners and officials down the tunnel. But evidence suggests that democratic, fan-owned teams are not for glory hunters

African Blogtable: Start of the 2020-21 NBA season

Is a Lakers back-to-back a lock? And which Christmas Day game will be the most exciting?

Match of the day: Sport vs ecology

We need a profound rethinking of the meaning of sustainability in sport — the global commercial model is neither environmentally nor socially sound

Brad Binder breaks through the chaos

This year the KTM rider became the first South African to win a MotoGP World Championship race 11 and the first rookie to do so since 2013

Women match officials score a win

Stephanie Frappart is doing her bit to normalise the phenomenon of women match officials in male-dominated sports

The political life of Diego Maradona

The icon who died on 25 November 2020 was more than just the greatest footballer of all time. From Argentina to Palestine he represented the experiences of the outsider, the oppressed

Shabnim Ismail bowls her way into the record books Down Under

The night before Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) final, fiery South African fast bowler Shabnim Ismail lay awake pondering how to take the...

Between dark and light was Maradona

The life of Diego Armando Maradona, who died this week, will always remind us that the smell of shit is as important as the perfume of flowers, writes Niren Tolsi

Football legend Maradona dies

The Argentinian icon died at his home on Wednesday, two weeks after having surgery on a blood clot in his brain

South African football has lost a feminist in Anele Ngcongca

The Bafana Bafana defender valued women who loved sport

Busy Bee continues to sting despite challenges

Cape Town’s oldest Black rugby club personifies the problems Black rugby faces, including attempts to have its history erased, being affected by apartheid and struggling financially for good resources

The beautiful game isn’t perfect

And it shouldn’t be. The search for absolute fairness is spoiling the way football is played

The rise of SA players abroad is good for Banyana

The growing list of professional women footballers plying their trade at overseas clubs could be the missing piece the side needs to conquer the continent after five failed attempts.

The Hunt is on for ruthlessness

Kaizer Chiefs’ new coach may have all the excuses but he’s likely just buying time for his ethos to take root

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