Preview of the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup

The ICC 2019 Males Cricket World Cup starts tomorrow with the opening game between South Africa and co-host England at the Oval. South Africa’s Proteas will once again be looking to shake off the chocker’s label by making a great showing and winning the tournament.

The Proteas coach Ottis Gibson, Barbadian who lived in England for almost 20 Years where he played for Durham, Glamorgan and Leicestershire in English country cricket, his experience with English cricket could be the difference maker and be beneficial for the proteas.

In terms of ICC Rankings South Africa is 8th while England is ranked 4th, England is also one of the tournament’s favourites due to them co-hosting. Australia 2nd and India 5th are also expected to make a strong showing being previous world champions.

The Proteas will have to really bring the fire and show the form that made them the most consistent ODI team in the world for two years in a row, and also being ranked number 1 in the test format. The Match between the Proteas and England will started at 11:30.

South Africa squad

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), JP Duminy, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Rassie van der Dussen.outh Africa squad

England squad

Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

CAF 2019 African Cup of Nations

The 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be taking place this year on 21 June 2019 July hosted by Egypt. After Cameroon was stripped of the right to host the tournament by CAF, due to stadium construction delays, terrorist attacks by Boko Haram and the Anglophone Crisis.

READ:Breaking: Egypt bags AFCON hosting rights

The Cameroon national football team did manage to make through qualifiers and will still represent the country despite being stripped hosting. South Africa also managed to qualify to make it there first major tournament since the 2015 AFCON were they only got as far as the group stages.

There will be 24 teams competing to be the best footballing team in Africa, countries qualified for the 2019 AFCON:

 

 

 

 

Bafana qualifies for AFCON

South African National Football team Bafana Bafana only needed a point against Libya in order to qualify for the 2020 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). There was a lot of skepticism on social media from the South African public, as Bafana have a long history in not qualifying for tournaments.

After the Bafana failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2018 AFCON, the South Africa team was under a lot of pressure to get over the line. Bafana coach Stewart Baxter had promised to leave his post if Bafana had failed to qualify which put added pressure on him to get the team selection and tactics right before the game.

The stand out performance of goal keeper Daren Keet in first half kept Bafana in the match as Libya mounted a strong first half attack, but it was forward Percy Tau who scored the opener for Bafana. This made it more difficult for Libya as they needed to win the game to qualify.

Libya did manage equalize with a penalty but it was Percy again who scored his goal in the match with 20 minute remaining to clinch the game and Bafana’s AFCON’s qualifications. Bafana didn’t play well in match but still managed to get the result they needed 2-1 finishing second in group after Nigeria. 

 

By: Mokgethi Mtezuka

 

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.

Source: calvinayre.com

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