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/ 25 March 2008

‘Rock bottom’ Bafana tackle Paraguay

Seldom has a friendly international meant so much to 2010 Soccer World Cup hosts South Africa as that against Paraguay on Wednesday. Underperforming Bafana Bafana need a win to silence a growing band of critics, led by Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, Parliament sports committee chairperson Butana Komphela and several top first-division coaches.

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/ 19 March 2008

Pumas to account for fielding killer

The Mpumalanga Rugby Union will be hauled before Parliament’s portfolio committee on sports and recreation to explain why convicted murderer Gert van Schalkwyk was included in its team. Butana Komphela, chairperson of the committee, said on Tuesday that it was immoral of the Pumas rugby team to field a convicted killer.

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/ 27 February 2008

Govt throws weight behind Arendse

South Africa’s government threw its weight behind embattled Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Norman Arendse on Tuesday by calling for an increase in the number of black players in national teams. Arendse angered selectors and CSA chief executive Gerald Majola by vetoing the squad chosen by national selectors to tour Bangladesh.

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/ 16 November 2007

Wanted: A PSL payout agreement

Premier Soccer League CEO Kjetil Siem may not be at the receiving end of the league’s R70-million commission payout controversy, but his wish to see a conclusion to the continuous saga and move on — because it ruins both the sponsor’s and the league’s commercial reputation — will not be granted any time soon.

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/ 19 October 2007

Politicians hit by rugby fever

South Africa’s politicians are not immune to Rugby World Cup fever, with a fair number already in or on their way to Paris for Saturday’s final against England at the Stade de France. Leading the way, President Thabo Mbeki left for France on Friday morning, sporting his Springbok jersey and cap.