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Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund believes his charges are good enough to lift 2013 AFCON trophy the team last won when hosting in 1996. The team has been taking a step back with every tournament since then. They failed to qualify for the last two tournaments and embarrassed themselves by dancing thinking they have qualified in 2012 edition only for their bubble to bust after being told they misinterpreted the qualification rules. Do we have enough to conquer Africa? Your thoughts on



Almost six weeks since the 2012/2013 season has started, the National First Division are yet to kick a ball. Only Roses United from Bloemfontein has so far honoured two of their rearranged fixtures. Only for John Tlale’s team to find opponents nowhere to be found –every time. Exactly what is going on? Those in the know seem to be very economical with the truth. How should we understand this exercise of democratic right, which at best could be described as mutiny? What do you think is going on? Send your comments to

SAFA has appointed Gordon Igesund as the new Bafana coach with a clear mandate; reach semifinals of 2013 AFCON and qualify for world cup in Brazil in 2014. Write clearly and formally including your name to

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Did you know? The World Cup in RSA was the first one in history not to feature any debutants. For more,



The South African Football Association, SAFA, has already interviews four coaches for vacant Bafana top job. All shortlisted coaches are SAFA’s own choice. The four that went through the process are Neil Tovey, Gavin Hunt, Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba and Gordon Igesund. Steve Komphela will be the last as he was with the team in preparation for Gabon match, which they won 3-0. The technical team that interviewed them among others include Serame Letsoaka, SAFA CEO Dr Robin Petersen, Jomo Sono, Clive Barker and Farouk Khan. Who do you think deserves the privilege position?


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Back in 1954, at the FIFA Congress held in Berne, Switzerland, the world football governing body made a decision to recognize Africa as a continental zone. Two years later in 1956, at another FIFA Congress, this time held in Lisbon, Portugal, three African countries, Egypt, Sudan and South Africa met to plan the formation of the body known as Confederation of African Football which was to organize continental championship, the African Cup of Nations. Then in Khartoum, Sudan, on February 8, 1957, CAF was formally established and two days later, the first AFCON tournament was played. Hosts Sudan was drawn for first semifinals against Egypt and South Africa was drawn against Ethiopia. The then SAFA President, Fred Fell, told the new CAF Executive that the government would not allow mix team to represent the country. He suggested that a black team would be sent to represent the country and the white team for the next tournament scheduled for 1959 in Egypt. CAF’s reaction to this suggestion was to suspend South Africa and later expelled the country until readmission in 1992. Ethiopia went straight to the final where they lost by four goals from Mohamed Ad-Diba. Now 54 years later, the two CAF founders are meeting for the 2014 world cup qualifier in a match that the hosts are pressured to win. Locals know very little about their visitors except Finland based Fikru-Teferra Lemessa who spent some time in South Africa playing for Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United respectively. However, others equally good that may frustrate Bafana include Degu Debebe, Adane Girma and Tesfaye Alebachew – all playing for Saint George FC. All four officials, the referee:  Hamada Nampiandraza, assitants, Alberto Razafitsitamy, Pierre Andrivoavonjy and fourth oficla, Rado Rajaobelinavalona are from Madagascar.   

Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Augusto Palacios, is waiting for club chairman Dr Irvin Khoza to decide where the championship winning coach will be deployed. Is the right man for the job? What do you think?

2011/2012 PSL AWARDS

Nominees for the Premiership Awards

Hot Young Player:

• Lucky Baloyi – Kaizer Chiefs
• Ronwen Williams – SuperSport United
• Lehlohonolo Masalesa – Bidvest Wits

Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season:

• Wayne Sandilands – Mamelodi Sundowns
• Ronwen Williams – SuperSport United
• Moeneeb Josephs – Orlando Pirates

Awesome Goal:

• Clifford Mulenga – Golden Arrows vs Bloemfontein Celtic
• David Mathebula – Moroka Swallows vs Orlando Pirates
• Benni McCarthy – Orlando Pirates vs Maritzburg United

Premiership Coach of the Season:

• Gavin Hunt – SuperSport United
• Gordon Igesund – Moroka Swallows
• Steve Khompela – Free State Stars

Premiership Player of the Season:

• David Mathebula – Moroka Swallows
• Siyabonga Sangweni – Orlando Pirates
• Siyabonga Nomvethe – Moroka Swallows

Premiership Player’s Player of the Season:

• Teko Modise – Mamelodi Sundowns
• David Mathebula – Moroka Swallows
• Siyabonga Nomvethe – Moroka Swallows

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Kaizer Chiefs has announced the former Bafana coach, Stuart Baxter, as the new coach. Baxter has signed for a 2 year deal with an option to renew. Do you think he is the right man for the job?

What's wrong with the once mighty Kaizer Chiefs? Get involved, send your comment:

This has been a brilliant season, probably the best ever. What are your thoughts?

Yet another player has died on the pitch. Medical sports science is far more advanced than twenty years ago but we seem to be experiencing incidents of cardiac arrests on the pitch. Livorno's Piermario Morosini died on Saturday after collapsing on the pitch with a cardiac arrest during an Italian second division game at Pescara. This comes shortly after the 'Muamba' incident. Let's hear your thoughts;  

Meanwhile here is a list of footballers who have died suddenly since 1990

LONGHURST: York City striker Dave Longhurst died aged 25 after collapsing two minutes before halftime in a league match against Lincoln City in September 1990.

DOS SANTOS: In October 2002, the 28-year-old Brazilian striker Marcio Dos Santos died of a heart attack just hours after scoring a goal for Peruvian side Deportivo Wanka.

FOE: Midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed during Cameroon's 1-0 victory against Colombia in a Confederations Cup match in June 2003 in Lyon, France and died shortly afterwards aged 26.

FERREIRA: Brazilian 20-year-old Max Ferreira died in hospital in July 2003 after feeling unwell during a training session for his club Botafogo-Ribeirao Preto.

FEHER: In January 2004, the 24-year-old Hungarian international Miklos Feher died after collapsing from a heart attack in a Portuguese league game between his club Benfica and Vitoria Guimaraes.

SERGINHO: Sao Caetano defender Serginho, 30, died after suffering an apparent cardio-respiratory arrest during a Brazilian championship match against Sao Paulo in October 2004.

CUNHA: In Portugal, Uniao Leiria midfielder Hugo Cunha collapsed and died during a game with friends in June 2005. He was 28.

PUERTA: Sevilla midfielder Antonio Puerta, 22, died on Aug. 28, 2007 three days after collapsing during a Primera Liga match against Getafe.

NSOFWA: Zambian 27-year-old striker Chaswe Nsofwa of Israeli second division side Hapoel Beer Sheva collapsed and died during a practice match in the southern desert city on Aug 29, 2007.

O'DONNELL: Motherwell midfielder Phil O'Donnell died after collapsing on the pitch towards the end of a Scottish Premier League match against Dundee United on Dec 29, 2007. He was 35.

TCHINGOMA: Gabon 21-year-old international Guy Tchingoma collapsed and died on the field during a premier division match in Libreville in Feb. 2008 after contact with an opposing player late in a match between his club FC105 Libreville and US Mbiliandzami.

CUSTIC: Zadar winger Hrvoje Custic died on April 3, 2008 after hitting his head on a concrete wall two metres from a touchline during a Croatian championship match on March 29. He was 24.

PINAULT: French second division player Clement Pinault died on Jan. 22, 2009 four days after suffering a heart attack. Pinault, 23, was taken to hospital after collapsing at his home. The defender played for Clermont two days before his heart attack, a 2-0 Ligue 2 win over Brest.

JARQUE: The captain of Spanish club Espanyol Dani Jarque died of heart failure on Aug. 8, 2009 during a tour of Italy. Jarque, 26, had trained in the morning but collapsed in his hotel room in Coverciano.

ESTEVAO: In Angola, Progresso de Sambizanga player Neridson Estevao died after collapsing during a second division game against Benfica de Cabinda on Sept. 20, 2009. The 26-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital in the capital, Luanda.

IDAHOR: Nigerian Endurance Idahor, 25, who played for Sudan's Al-Merreikh club, died on March 6, 2010 after clashing with another player minutes after the start of the match with Sudan Premier League rivals Al-Amal, held at Al-Merreikh's stadium in the Khartoum suburb of Omdurman.

As we remember Ellis Park disaster, we tabulate the worst football disasters in Africa. Click ‘FACTS AND FIGURES’

How many people do you know who ever played for their national teams with their sons? Click on ‘DID YOU KNOW'?

Kevin-Prince Boateng and his half-brother Jerome Boateng became the first siblings to feature in opposing teams at the world cup. During the 2010 World Cup held in RSA, Kevin-Prince turned out for Ghana, whilst Jerome played for Germany. Marothi Kutu

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DID YOU KNOW? Cote d'Ivoire lost the 2012 AFCON to Zambia without conceding a single goal in the entire tournament. What’s more, it was the third finals for both. In all occasions that the Ivorians had been to the finals, the match had to be decided on penalties. They won against Ghana in 1992 (11-10), lost to Egypt in 2006 (4-2) and to Zambia in 2012 (8-7). The Southern Africans lost to Zaire (now DRC) in 1974 and to Nigeria in 1994 before winning against the West Africans in 2012. In 2006, the Ivorians also beat Cameroon 12-11 in another marathon penalties in the semifinals. For more, click on 'DID YOU KNOW?





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