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’

ICC Women’s World T20 Highlights

The ICC Women’s World T20 has now progressed to the semi-finals. South Africa’s women cricket team the Proteas won their final group A match against Bangladesh (winning by 30 runs) on Sunday. However, they were unable to progress as the West Indies won the group and England finished in second.

India and Australia faced off as well on Sunday in match for group B dominance. India prevailed (winning by 48 runs) meaning that India and Australia will move on to the semi-finals to face off against England and West Indies respectively.

The Women’s World T20 semi-finals will definitely be high level match as West Indies are previous Champions.  Australia have won the Tournament 3 times and were last tournaments runner up, not to mention that England have also own this tournament back in 2009 and have come in as runner up

 

Semi-final 1: West Indies VS Australia 22 November

Semi-final 2: England VS India 22 November

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka’

Banyana Banyana edge Nigeria’s Super Falcons

Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix [Image source: SAFA.net]

In their opening match of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, South Africa’s Banyana Banyana took on Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The match which was a tight affair looked like it would end in a goalless draw, until midfielder Thembi Kgatlana scored the winner – a shock defeat for Nigeria.

Nigeria enters the tournament being Women’s AFCON defending champions and were expected by football analysts to come away with their first victory in group B. This win by Banyana was the first win over Nigeria since the semi final stages of the African Women’s Championship in 2012 as reported by ewn.co.za.

The next group match for Banyana will be against Equatorial Guinea, on Wednesday at 20:30. A win for South Africa will guarantee qualification for the next round and also help build momentum for Bayana which will need as they progress through the tournament.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

2018 ICC women’s world T20

The South Africa women’s national cricket team named the Proteas is currently taking part in the 2018 ICC women’s world T20, in the West Indies.

So far the South African cricket team has won their opening match against Sri Lanka winning by 7 wickets but suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of the host and previous tournament champions, West Indies losing by 25 runs.

The Proteas will next take on England, 16 November in a match they will have to win to progress out of the Group. Another BRICS nation taking part in the tournament is India. India so far dominated their group only positioned second due to a smaller points tally to Australia.

India and Australia are starting to look like favourites to winning the tournament 17 November both India and Australia will face each other, with the winner topping the group as well as being tip as possible winner of the T20 world cup.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

South Africa’s National Men’s and Ladies Football Teams to take on Arch-rivals, Nigeria

Banyana Banyana South Africa’s women national football team will be taking on Nigeria in their opening match of the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON), on Sunday in Ghana.

Banyana Banyana is a formidable team and will hope to have a good showing against the Nigerians as well as progress to next round of the tournament. The Nigerian Women national team the Super falcons are the defending champions which all make the in-counter a tricky task for South Africa.

Banyana Banyana has been the leading light when it comes to football in South Africa, having lesser resources they’ve also shown the willingness to fight. The match between Banyana and the Super Falcons will be a chance for the South African ladies to show that fight again and maybe pull off a shock victory.

Bafana Bafana the South African Men’s national football team will also be taking on their Nigerian male counter parts the Super Eagle in a qualifier match for the men’s Africa Cup of Nations. Bafana have struggled to impress for several years which has led to a large decline in support.

The match between Bafana and the Super Eagles is widely expected to be one side with Nigeria winning. If Bafana do lose, it will end their qualifying hopes and put the South African Football Association (SAFA) under immense scrutiny as to the direction of Men’s football in South Africa as well as its development.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka’

India men and women’s cricket highlights

The Indian women cricket team beat Pakistan Yesterday in a T20 world cup match by 7 wickets.  India which is in the same group as Australia, Pakistan, Ireland and New Zealand are now in 2nd position of group B. They have two more games left against Ireland and Australia before they can qualify for the semi-finals.

The men cricket team defeated the West Indies to claim their 3rd straight victory in a T20 3 match series, according to sports.ndtv.com.   The  white wash Shikhar Dhawan (92) and Rishabh Pant (58) starred to complete out class the West Indies.  Next the Indian team will face Australia in another 3 match T20 series 21-25 November.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka’

Springboks prepare to end UK & France tour on a high

The Springboks clinched a tough victory over France (26-29) on Saturday at the Stade de France. This victory will be a moral boost after narrowly losing to England last Saturday in London. The Springboks will now be preparing to take on Scotland 17 November and then Wales 24 November.

The match between South Africa and France saw the Springboks snatch victory from France at the very end of the match after a Springbok scrum, hooker Bongi Mbonambi slid in for the try which won the springboks the match.

French coach Jacques Brunel said that, he believes that France should have never lost the match. According to sport24.co.za the French dominated the first half of the match with the springbok coming back in the second half. The Springboks have two more games left in the tour, winning both matches will be seen as a successful tour.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

 

Springboks gear up to take on France

South African rugby team ‘Springboks’ is preparing to take on French national rugby team on Saturday 10 November in Paris, as part of their United Kingdom and French tour.

Their tour didn’t start on a positive note as they were narrowly defeated by England (12-11), last Saturday 3 November in London – as a result the Springbok’s win-loss rate has dropped to 45% as reported by sarugbymag.co.za.

Boks coach Rassie Erasmus has announced a strong team with more internationals making the call up. The Springboks will face a tough task in the French team, even though they have a 60% win rate against France they cannot afford to underestimate them.

The Boks have struggled throughout the year, which result in them steadily losing their fear factor. A victory against the French could help South Africa regain some confidence as they will face Scotland next Saturday and Ireland the following Saturday after that.

The Springbok team: Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Warren Whiteley, Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi (captain), Franco Mostert, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Frans Malherbe, Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Francois Louw, Embrose Papier, Elton Jantjies, Cheslin Kolbe.

The French team: Maxime Medard, Teddy Thomas, Matthieu Bastareaud, Geoffrey Dounayrou, Damian Penaud, Camille Lopez, Baptiste Serin, Louis Picamoles, Arthur Iturria, Wencesias Lauret, Yoann Maestri, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Cedate Gomes Sa, Guilhem Guirado (captain), Jefferson Poirot.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Dany Priso, Rabah Simani, Paul Gabrillagues, Matthieu Babillot, Antoine Dupont, Anthony Belleau.


Mokgethi Mtezuka’

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