Breaking: Egypt bags AFCON hosting rights

South Africa has lost the Africa cup of Nation hosting race to Egypt. South Africa and Egypt submitted bids to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after Cameroon was stripped hosting rights by the CAF governing body due to their delays for preparations for the tournament.

SA was however, seen as a potential replacement for Cameroon. South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan told SAFA AGM that on the 2 December that CAF approached the Association and asked SAFA to seriously consider hosting the AFCON 2019. This led to the country stepping in as a late host.

Egypt’s bid was announced by its Football Association and took many by surprise. The country was not considered a contender.

The tournament is to be hosted in 5 months – the 2019 AFCON is the first to be increased from 16 to 24 teams.  The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed Egypt’s triumph after their meeting, today in Dakar, Senegal.

 

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

 

Brazil president signs sportsbet legislation into law

Outgoing Brazilian President Michel Temer, signed in to law Brazil Sport betting legislature on Wednesday. This will open the door for gambling on sports the country, allow international sports gambling companies to move and operate freely in accordance to the law.

Brazil’s law allowed for the lottery –  the addition of online and land-based fixed odds sports betting is the first in the country’s history. The change in legislation could be the last one for the ongoing President, as President elect Jair Bolsonaro will take office next year.

This legislature is expected to bring in a lot of gaming revenue for a number of governmental departments, and was praised by President Temer,  as being great for the Brazilian people. There is more broad legislation on gambling, however they are being held back by various religious groups, victims of stakeholder squabbles as well as numerous corruption scandals.

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South Africa interested in hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

 

After stripping Cameroon as host for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday because of  lack of stadium readiness for the African football showpiece – the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has now selected South Africa to be the replacement host for the tournament.

South Africa which has hosted the FIFA world cup and the AFCON twice was the obvious choose as world class stadiums are already ready waiting to be filled up with African football fanatics. SAFA the South African football governing body will still need to confirm with South Africa government if they will be able to accept CAF’s request.

However,  their calls from within SAFA that South Africa needs to accept this offer in order to remain influential and relevant in World and African football as reported by the sport24.co.za. South Africa men’s football is facing tough times with the National team Bafana Bafana struggling to qualify and impress in recent years.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka’

 

2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations

The Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana is nearing its end. The tournament which has brought some respect and triumphs for Banyana Banyana the South Africa’s Nation Women Football team will be mark down as one for the football history books.

In this tournament Banyana have not only qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup but will also managed to make it to final facing Nigeria. The match will be a replay of the Group B opening match.

Banyana Banyana and Nigeria’s Super falcons will meet on Saturday at 18:00 at the Accra Sports Stadium. If Banyana win this will mark there first ever silverware and will help build momentum for their first ever world cup campaign in France 2019.

 

 

By Mokgeth Mtezuka’

Banyana Banyana to play Nigeria in 2018 AWCON final

South Africa’s women’s national team Banyana Banyana is one win away from lifting the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations. Banyana defeated  Mali (2-0) yesterday in Cape Coast Sports Stadium – Banyana will now move on to face Nigeria again in the final.

Two goals from Kgatlana in 31 minute and Ramalepe in 81′ minute secured South Africa a place in final.  Banyana will now play Nigeria for the second time, having previously faced off in the group stages which saw South Africa come away with shock (1-0) victory.

Banyana will be hoping that they can do it again and get the double over Nigeria at Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday at 18:00. Nigeria on the other hand will be looking for revenge when the two sides meet. The two African teams automatically qualify to the FIFA Women’s World Cup by virtue of making it to the finals.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka’

Banyana Banyana takes on Mali in AWCON 2018 semi-finals

 Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Banyana Banyana will be facing Mali today at 20:30 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium. Banyana who topped Group B after drawing (1-1) with Zambia, will now face a fierce opponent in Mali.

Banyana have reached the semi-finals before in the 2010 edition of the African Woman Cup of Nation (AWCON),and only 2 players from remain from that team today. This leaves very little advantage over Mali who have never reached this stage of the tournament before.

Mali finished second in the Group A only losing to Cameroon. It will be looking to impress as Banyana and will be heading into the match as favourites with more momentum. The South African team will have to show a disciplined and ruthless mentality in order to gain victory.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

Springboks to take on Wales in final game of the UK and France Tour

The South African national rugby team the Springboks are preparing to take on Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday at 19:30. The Boks have won 8 and lost 3 matches played at the Principality Stadium as reported by sport24.co.za.

The match will be the last in their UK and France Tour, and the Springboks are looking to end the tour on a high note, after securing victory against Scotland last Saturday (20-26). The Boks are aim at keeping their consistency going with one defeat so far in the tour against England.

South Africa’s UK and France tour which started off with a narrow loss against England at Twickenham Stadium (12-11) on 3 November.  The loss caused a shakeup in the teams selections, the Springboks then took on the French at the Stade de France gaining a victory against the French (26-19).

Teams:

Wales

15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Nicky Smith

Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Cory Hill, 20 Ellis Jenkins, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Owen Watkin

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Cheslin Kolbe

 

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

Banyana Banyana thrashes Equatorial Guinea

South African women’s national football team has moved one step further in the Africa women’s cup of nations,  yesterday Banyana dismantled Equatorial Guinea in a 7-1 victory. The win guarantees that Banyana will progress to the knockout stages and possibly win the group.

In the match Banyana seven goals were scored by six different players with Linda Motlhalo scoring the opening goal. Equatorial Guinea manage to pull one back just before second half. Banyana‘s dominance only increased in the second half with five answered goals.

Banyana’s next match in group B will against Zambia on Saturday, Banyana enter the match as favourites being undefeated and top of the group. In the other group B match Nigeria defeated Zambia (4-0) this victory comes after being defeated by Banyana (0-1) this past Sunday.

There is still mathematically a chance for both Equatorial Guinea and Zambia to progress out of the group stage. However,  that will require Banyana and Nigeria to slip up in there next matches which may be unlikely.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

 

 

BRICS International friendlies and qualifiers

Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa are set to play international friendlies as well as qualifiers. Brazil will be face off against Cameroon in England in an international friendly.

Russia will take on Sweden at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, as one of the League B Group 2 match in a UEFA Nations league match. Russia needs to win or draw this match to gain promotion to the next level of the Nations league. Russia is currently in good form winning every match they’ve played in Group 2 and should just need to hold back Sweden to advance.

South Africa will play Paraguay today in an international friendly this match comes after South Africa drew with Nigeria. The match will be played in South Africa, South Africa’s victory will mean a restoration of the country’s national team pride.

China will also be taking on Palestine in an international friendly at the Wuyuan River Stadium. Palestine have won their previous 5 match.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

Bafana Bafana draws with Nigerian Super Eagles

South Africa’s Bafana Bafana took on Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Saturday in an AFCON qualifier match which both teams had to win to secure progression to next stage of the qualifiers. The match ended in a stalemate (1-1) leaving both teams to share the points.

The game between Bafana and the Super Eagles was set on the backdrop of Cash incentives for the Nigerians for each goal they scored,  while Bafana had lack lust home support even though they had previously beaten the Super Eagles back in June (2-0).

Saturdays Draw sees Nigerians move to the first position in the group, only the winners of the group are able to move on to the next stage of the AFCON Qualifiers. Which means Bafana will have to win their next game against Libya and hope Nigeria lose against the Seychelles to qualify.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka’